from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The sport of pulling at a rope, the contending parties endeavoring to pull one another over a line marked on the ground between them. See tug of war, under tug, and also the quotation.


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  • Behind us a young trainee is being tested by an instructor on his rope-pulling prowess – trainees have to be able to recover 50m of rope with a 15kg weight attached in 90 seconds if they are to become crew.

    A working life: The lifeboat volunteer

  • Why did wolves readily learn the rope-pulling task?


  • After an hour's digging, dragging, and rope-pulling, the horse was standing on solid turf, a new pool had been added to the

    We of the Never-Never

  • It seemed as if he preferred to tire himself out with unnecessary rope-pulling, and then retire to his berth the moment that dinner was over, rather than go on deck.

    Three Weeks

  • His fingers, bent and calloused with rope-pulling, trembled as he fingered the seam of his trousers.

    Blow The Man Down A Romance Of The Coast - 1916

  • An awful lot of rope-pulling to get that mower started again.)

    Ariettes oubliées


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