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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.
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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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Heilan Games hae hin their ups an doons ower the eers as far's numbers an quality o competitors are concern't, at Meldrum I wis disappintit tae see only three young hivvies in their ain speecial competition at hae produc't some greats on the open scene an for the last eer or twa the lack o teams enterin for the tug-o-war. For enthusiasts, they wint the best bit the visitors care nae a docken bit jist the unique sicht o the strain an pull.
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The annual sports day in the park will see teams take part in football, volleyball, hockey and rounders tournaments, as well as a tug-o-war and children's track events.
There will also be a tug-o-war contest, school sports, and displays from Empire School of Boxing and Universal Martial Arts.