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English definition of “tug”

tug

verb [I or T] uk   /tʌɡ/ (-gg-) us  
to pull something quickly and usually with a lot of force: Tom tugged at his mother's arm.

tug

noun [C] uk   /tʌɡ/ us  

tug noun [C] (BOAT)

(also tugboat) a boat with a powerful engine that can change direction easily and is used to pull large ships into and out of port

tug noun [C] (PULL)

a sudden strong pull on something: Feeling a tug at his sleeve, he turned to see Joe beside him.
(Definition of tug from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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