tug of war

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tug of war (plural tugs of war)

  1. a game or competition in which two teams pull or tug on opposite ends of a rope trying to force the other team over the line which initially marked the middle between the two teams.
  2. (idiomatic) a dispute between two parties, particularly an entrenched, back-and-forth dispute.


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