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Definition of tug:

  1. A pull with the utmost effort, as in the athletic contest called tug of war; a supreme effort.
  2. A small, powerful steamboat used to tow vessels; - called also steam tug, tugboat, and towboat.
  3. A sort of vehicle, used for conveying timber and heavy articles.
  4. A trace, or drawing strap, of a harness.
  5. An iron hook of a hoisting tub, to which a tackle is affixed.
  6. To labor; to strive; to struggle.
  7. To pull or draw with great effort; to draw along with continued exertion; to haul along; to tow; as, to tug a loaded cart; to tug a ship into port.
  8. To pull with great effort; to strain in labor; as, to tug at the oar; to tug against the stream.
  9. To pull; to pluck.

Synonyms:

heave, twitch, move, beat back, snap, take, canal boat, agitate, get, dig, pluck, saccade, cockleshell, incline, allure, jerking, ride, fight, work, barge, induce, force, repel, force back, cabin cruiser, canoe, jerk, bulk carrier, fag, strain, push, pluck at, bear on, labour, campaign, tote, promote, advertize, tower, push back, column, toil, press, trail, tear at, lug, lead, drive, dork, block, choke up, wrench, pillar, drudge, motor, boat, ram, labor, jerky, aim, entice, crowd, towboat, moil, lurch, lure, tugboat, grind, bowser, repulse, jerked meat, crusade, coracle, carrier, jolt, advertise, strive, stuff, attract, travail, sweat.

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