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Meaning & Definition of Tug in English

English

Tug

/təg/

noun

1. A sudden abrupt pull

    synonym:
  • tug
  • ,
  • jerk

2. A powerful small boat designed to pull or push larger ships

    synonym:
  • tugboat
  • ,
  • tug
  • ,
  • towboat
  • ,
  • tower

verb

1. Pull hard

  • "The prisoner tugged at the chains"
  • "This movie tugs at the heart strings"
    synonym:
  • tug

2. Strive and make an effort to reach a goal

  • "She tugged for years to make a decent living"
  • "We have to push a little to make the deadline!"
  • "She is driving away at her doctoral thesis"
    synonym:
  • tug
  • ,
  • labor
  • ,
  • labour
  • ,
  • push
  • ,
  • drive

3. Tow (a vessel) with a tug

  • "The tugboat tugged the freighter into the harbor"
    synonym:
  • tug

4. Carry with difficulty

  • "You'll have to lug this suitcase"
    synonym:
  • lug
  • ,
  • tote
  • ,
  • tug

5. Move by pulling hard

  • "The horse finally tugged the cart out of the mud"
    synonym:
  • tug

6. Pull or strain hard at

  • "Each oar was tugged by several men"
    synonym:
  • tug

7. Struggle in opposition

  • "She tugged and wrestled with her conflicts"
    synonym:
  • tug