Meaning of “tug of love” in the English Dictionary

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"tug of love" in British English

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tug of lovenoun [ S ]

uk /ˌtʌɡ əv ˈlʌv/ us /ˌtʌɡ əv ˈlʌv/ 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

(Definition of “tug of love” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)