from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Games A contest of strength in which two teams tug on opposite ends of a rope, each trying to pull the other across a dividing line.
  • noun A struggle for supremacy.

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  • noun a game or competition in which two teams pull or tug on opposite ends of a rope trying to force the other team over the line which initially marked the middle between the two teams
  • noun idiomatic a dispute between two parties, particularly an entrenched, back and forth dispute.


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  • "The game of Tug of War is played with as many people as there is room for along the rope. The sides need to be evenly matched with weight and strength to make it an interesting contest. At an agreed signal, each team tries to pull the other over an agreed mark or space previously decided on."


    January 15, 2008