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  • n  a sudden abrupt pull
  • n  a powerful small boat designed to pull or push larger ships
  • v  pull hard
    The prisoner tugged at the chains
    This movie tugs at the heart strings
  • v  strive and make an effort to reach a goal
    She tugged for years to make a decent living
  • v  tow (a vessel) with a tug
    The tugboat tugged the freighter into the harbor
  • v  carry with difficulty
  • v  move by pulling hard
    The horse finally tugged the cart out of the mud
  • v  pull or strain hard at
    Each oar was tugged by several men
  • v  struggle in opposition
    She tugged and wrestled with her conflicts

  • He crawls into the fire box of the Narcissus to repair the boiler so that the tug can pull the Glacier Queen out of danger.
  • It required only 660 well-paid (from $440 to $674 per month) railroad tugboat workers, plus a blizzard, to bring complete and even desperate confusion last week to New York City .
  • The French tug Minotaure got a line aboard the hulk's stern just as the Dutch tug Rood Zee got one aboard the prow.
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  • LeBron James in USA Today
    It was a tug-of-war match for the first three quarters,James said. "My teammates needed me to make plays and I did."
  • Jessica Simpson in FOXNews
    As far as boys go, I don't need 'em. I want a man,Simpson said, adding that she wants "somebody who's a really great family guy." "Like if a kid were to come up to him and tug on his shirt, he'd pick him up and twirl him around. I...
  • Charlie Crist in Ninemsn
    Trying to clear his name and then he dies. If you have a heart pounding in your chest, that has to tug at you a little bit. It should,Crist said.

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