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tow

verb [T] uk   /təʊ/ us    /toʊ/
to pull a car, boat, etc. along, using a rope or a chain tied to another vehicle or boat: You shouldn't drive fast when your car is towing a caravan. The road was closed while the vehicles that had been involved in the accident were towed away/off. The damaged boat was towed to safety.
Phrasal verbs

tow

noun uk   /təʊ/ us    /toʊ/
give sb/sth a tow to pull someone's vehicle using a rope or chain tied to your vehicle: When my car broke down, a police car gave me a tow to the nearest garage.on tow UK ( US in tow, Australian English also under tow) being pulled along: The car in front of us is on tow - that's why we're going so slowly.
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Translations of “tow”
in Korean (차나 배를) 끌다, 견인하다…
in Arabic يَجُرّ…
in French remorquer…
in Turkish (araba, tekne vb.) çekmek…
in Italian rimorchiare, trainare…
in Chinese (Traditional) 拖,拉,牽引(車、船等)…
in Russian буксировать…
in Polish holować…
in Spanish remolcar…
in Portuguese rebocar…
in German (ab-)schleppen…
in Catalan remolcar…
in Japanese (車や船など)をけん引する…
in Chinese (Simplified) 拖,拉,牵引(车、船等)…
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