tug of war


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tug of war

n. pl. tugs of war
1. 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.
2. A struggle for supremacy: a political tug of war between those in favor of the proposal and those against it.

tug′ of war′


n.
1. an athletic contest between two teams at opposite ends of a rope, each team trying to drag the other over a line.
2. a hard-fought, critical struggle for supremacy.
[1670–80]
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tug of war

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A vying with others for victory or supremacy:
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For a moment it was a tug of war between Tars Tarkas and a great plant man, who clung tenaciously to my breast, but presently I got the point of my long-sword beneath him and with a mighty thrust pierced his vitals.
And in the tug of war she lost her leg, below the knee, he said.
But it was when the ladies were alone that Becky knew the tug of war would come.
It will be the tug of war, you know--the last year before the Entrance.
College of Home Economic University of Peshawar won first position in tug of war and remained second in handball, and third in basketball.
The Incharge Bilawal Sports Complex inaugurated the Championship being held under the auspicious of Sindh Tug of War Association.
The Tug Of War championships are free and run from 9am to around 6pm each day.
Abu Dhabi Police won the tug of war, followed by Dubai Police in second and Fujairah Police in third.
In the female event University of Swabi won first position in Tug of War, followed by GGDC Karnal Sher Khan, Badminton, Table Tennis, Cricket, Volleyball and Athletic won by Manari, Karnal Sher Khan, Manari, Manari and Karnal Sher Khan respectively while Manari got second position in Badminton, Table Tennis, and Athletic, Karnal Sher Khan won second position in Tug of War, and Cricket and Marghuz got second position in Volleyball.
You may not have known there was strategy to tug of war, much less nuance within that strategy.
Around 200 competitors gurned and grunted their way through the British and Irish indoor tug of war championships at the town's leisure centre on Saturday.
The road to tug of war success started with victory in a competition at a rally for the eleven clubs from Northumberland.