Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English


English definition of “tug of war”

tug of war

noun [C usually singular]    
a type of sport in which two teams show their strength by pulling against each other at the opposite ends of a rope , and each team tries to pull the other over a line on the ground Miscellaneous games and activities
(Definition of tug of war noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of tug of war

Definitions of “tug of war” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day


a good knowledge of something, or the fact that you know it so well

Word of the Day


Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More