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English definition of “tug of love”

tug of love

noun [S]     UK informal
used, especially in newspapers , to refer to a situation in which one of the separated parents of a child takes care of the child but the other parent claims that right , or a situation in which a child is being taken care of by people other than the child's parents but the parents claim that right : [before noun] a tug-of-love battle Ending relationships and divorceParents and children
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