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.
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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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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."
But now came the tug of war. It was a very difficult tree to climb until the branches were reached, the first of which was some fourteen feet up, for the trunk was too large at the bottom to be swarmed; in fact, neither of the boys could reach more than half round it with their arms.
Meanwhile, Racquets club team scooped position one in tug of war, followed by security department and mining respectively.
Museum manager Judith Hewitt said:"It was a really fun day.We recently came across a photo of girls in WorldWar I having a tug of war somewhere in Eastriggs.This got us thinking that we could do something similar.
Pakistan Tug of War Federation (PToWF) Secretary Rana Jameel was the chief guest at the concluding ceremony and gave away trophies and medals to the winner and runners-up.
The Outdoor Club Championships is a curtain raiser to the event's highlight, the biennial TWIF World Outdoor Tug of War Championships running Sept.
Since "Tug of War," McCartney has also reached number one four times in the United States with Beatles anthologies.
The Ayrshire Ladies Tug of War team are leading the way in Scotland and have an unbeaten record at the Scottish championships, as well as numerous British and Irish champions gold medals.
Muhammad Saleem won the javelin throw, Muhammad Faraza the triple jump, Muhammad Islam the hurdles race, Sajjad Ahmed the 5,000 metres race, the second year class the rally race, Khalid Javed Sheri the musical chair game, tug of war the college sports board, and Prof Umair Tariq the staff race.