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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

noun
A vying with others for victory or supremacy:
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