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English noun: tug

1. tug (act) a sudden abrupt pull


Broader (hypernym)pull, pulling

2. tug (artifact) a powerful small boat designed to pull or push larger ships

Synonymstowboat, tower, tugboat

Broader (hypernym)boat

Part holonymhelm

English verb: tug

1. tug (contact) pull hard

SamplesThe prisoner tugged at the chains.
This movie tugs at the heart strings.

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)attract, draw, draw in, pull, pull in

2. tug (social) strive and make an effort to reach a goal

SamplesShe tugged for years to make a decent living.
We have to push a little to make the deadline!.
She is driving away at her doctoral thesis.

Synonymsdrive, labor, labour, push

Pattern of useSomebody ----s to INFINITIVE

Broader (hypernym)fight, struggle

Narrower (hyponym)reach, strain, strive

Verb groupbear on, push

3. tug (contact) tow (a vessel) with a tug

SamplesThe tugboat tugged the freighter into the harbor.

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)tow

4. tug (contact) carry with difficulty

SamplesYou'll have to lug this suitcase.

Synonymslug, tote

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)carry, transport

5. tug (contact) move by pulling hard

SamplesThe horse finally tugged the cart out of the mud.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)displace, move

6. tug (contact) pull or strain hard at

SamplesEach oar was tugged by several men.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)draw, force, pull

7. tug (competition) struggle in opposition

SamplesShe tugged and wrestled with her conflicts.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)contend, fight, struggle

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