from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. 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.
- n. A struggle for supremacy: a political tug of war between those in favor of the proposal and those against it.
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- n. 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
- n. a dispute between two parties, particularly an entrenched, back and forth dispute.
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Molly’s pleas of “MAAA-MAAA, make him stop!” started a tug of war inside me.
A furious tug of war is going on between Europe and America that dwarfs the banana wars in importance, threatens the Atlantic Alliance and paralyzes the U.N. But nobody is willing to face up to the Date Debate.
One of them snatches a watch off my wrist, one digs for my hip-pocket wallet, and with the third I conduct a fierce little tug of war over the strap of my shoulder bag.