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  Dictionary Definition of tug

tug
verb, tugged, tugging, noun

-- verb (t)
1. to pull at with force or effort.
2. to move by pulling forcibly; drag; haul.
3. to tow (a vessel, etc.) by means of a tugboat.
-- verb (i)
4. to pull with force or effort: to tug at an oar.
5. to strive hard, labour, or toil.
-- noun
6. the act of tugging; a strong pull.
7. a struggle; a strenuous contest.
8. tugboat.
9. that by which something is tugged.
10. a. a trace of a harness. b. any of various pulling or supporting parts of a harness.
-- phrase
11. tug someone's head, Prison Colloquial to distract someone's attention.
[ME toggen, apparently intensive var. of TOW1 ]
-- tugger, noun -- tugless, adjective