From Middle English tuggen, toggen, from Old English togian (“to draw, drag”), from Proto-Germanic *tugōną (“to draw, tear”), from Proto-Indo-European *dewk- (“to pull”). Cognate with Middle Low German togen (“to draw”), Middle High German zogen (“to pull, tear off”), Icelandic toga (“to pull, draw”). Related to tee, tow.
- (transitive) to pull or drag with great effort
- The police officers tugged the drunkard out of the pub.
- (transitive) to pull hard repeatedly
- He lost his patience trying to undo his shoe-lace, but tugging it made the knot even tighter.
- (transitive) to tow by tugboat
tug (plural tugs)
- A sudden powerful pull.
- 1697, “The Eleventh Book of the Æneis”, in John Dryden, transl., The Works of Virgil: Containing His Pastorals, Georgics, and Æneis. […], London: […] Jacob Tonson, […], OCLC 403869432:
- At the tug he falls, / Vast ruins come along, rent from the smoking walls.
- 2011 September 24, David Ornstein, “Arsenal 3 - 0 Bolton”, in BBC Sport:
- But Van Persie slotted home 40 seconds after the break before David Wheater saw red for a tug on Theo Walcott.
- (nautical) A tugboat.
- (obsolete) A kind of vehicle used for conveying timber and heavy articles.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Halliwell to this entry?)
- A trace, or drawing strap, of a harness.
- (mining) An iron hook of a hoisting tub, to which a tackle is affixed.
- (slang) An act of masturbation.
- He had a quick tug to calm himself down before his date.
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