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.
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The road to tug of war success started with victory in a competition at a rally for the eleven clubs from Northumberland.
Taj Muhammad Khan, associate secretary, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Olympic Association and provincial tug of war association general secretary, Ishtiaq Ahmad Jan, president tug of war association district Dir Lower, Ibrar Ahmad, assistant district sports officer, Hafiz Yaqoob Rahman, assistant director PTC engineer, Shah Qadam Khan, civil defense officer, former MPA Dr Inyat-ul-Haq and others also attended the final event.
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Girls: Athletics, Badminton, Chess, Marathon, Netball, Throw ball, Table Tennis, Tug of War & Taekwondo.
As always the tug of war competition proved to be a hugely popular event, with counties battling it out against each other to take the honours.
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