- n. Plural form of tug-of-war.
“For years, team sports were banned in favor of "mass games," such as communal tugs-of-war, because of the book's declaration that "sport is a public activity that must be practiced rather than watched.”
“The Bricklayers 'is always lively -- tugs-of-war, fat-man races, real Irish jiggin', an '... an' everything.”
“Fourteen: After fly shop guy has run you through a litany of his on-river heroics — ripping lips, pounding banks, stripping buggers, raking shelves, dredging pools, shuffling tail-outs, busting casts, crushing rapids, mining hawgs, back-breaking tugs-of-war — you are certain he is describing a war or industrial effort.”
“As a member of the Tower Commission, which had investigated the Iran-Contra affair that had almost destroyed Ronald Reagans presidency, Scowcroft knew better than anyone how such tugs-of-war ill-served the presidentand the nation.”
“And it wouldn't be Australia without a party: A Bay is also home to the annual Alexandria Beach Carnival, with nude sack races, marathons, tugs-of-war, and conga lines.”
“Significantly, 27 percent of Packard Bell's customers are buying the new machines as second home computers, resolving those family tugs-of-war (Compaq reports that the bulk of its budget-PC customers are buying a second computer); another two thirds are first-time computer buyers, suggesting that budget PCs aren't stealing sales from higher-performance machines-the PC makers 'greatest fear.”
“Courts, social workers, and extended family members are often faced with parental tugs-of-war which, more than anything, raised the question: where does a parent's ego end, and a child's life begin?”
“But in this year's wide-open presidential race, some interesting tugs-of-war are going on within individual companies.”
“He knew the daily and nightly tugs-of-war between Wilson and the other representatives of the Allied nations.”
“Unlike physics, biology grew out of a tugs-of-war between a tradition of vitalism and, since Decartes, one of mechanicism.”
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