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Definition 1: a sudden abrupt pull - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for tug in the sense of this definition

(tug is a kind of ...) the act of pulling; applying force to move something toward or with you

"the pull up the hill had him breathing harder" "his strenuous pulling strained his back"

Definition 2: a powerful small boat designed to pull or push larger ships - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for tug in the sense of this definition

(tug is a kind of ...) a small vessel for travel on water

(tug is a part of ...) steering mechanism for a vessel; a mechanical device by which a vessel is steered

Definition 3: struggle in opposition - [verb of competition]

Samples where tug or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She tugged and wrestled with her conflicts

(tug is a kind of ...) be engaged in a fight; carry on a fight

"the tribesmen fought each other" "Siblings are always fighting" "Militant groups are contending for control of the country"

Definition 4: pull hard - [verb of contact]

Samples where tug or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The prisoner tugged at the chains
  • This movie tugs at the heart strings

(tug is a kind of ...) direct toward itself or oneself by means of some psychological power or physical attributes

"Her good looks attract the stares of many men" "The ad pulled in many potential customers" "This pianist pulls huge crowds" "The store owner was happy that the ad drew in many new customers"

Definition 5: pull or strain hard at - [verb of contact]

Samples where tug or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Each oar was tugged by several men

(tug is a kind of ...) cause to move by pulling

"draw a wagon" "pull a sled"

Definition 6: move by pulling hard - [verb of contact]

Samples where tug or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The horse finally tugged the cart out of the mud

(tug is a kind of ...) cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense

"Move those boxes into the corner, please" "I'm moving my money to another bank" "The director moved more responsibilities onto his new assistant"

Definition 7: carry with difficulty - [verb of contact]

Samples where tug or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • You'll have to lug this suitcase

Synonyms for tug in the sense of this definition

(tug is a kind of ...) move while supporting, either in a vehicle or in one's hands or on one's body

"You must carry your camping gear" "carry the suitcases to the car" "This train is carrying nuclear waste" "These pipes carry waste water into the river"

Definition 8: tow (a vessel) with a tug - [verb of contact]

Samples where tug or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The tugboat tugged the freighter into the harbor

(tug is a kind of ...) drag behind

"Horses used to tow barges along the canal"

Samples where tug or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for tug in the sense of this definition

(tug is a kind of ...) make a strenuous or labored effort

"She struggled for years to survive without welfare" "He fought for breath"

(... is a kind of tug ) to exert much effort or energy

"straining our ears to hear"

(tug has a similar meaning as ...) press, drive, or impel (someone) to action or completion of an action

"He pushed her to finish her doctorate"

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