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"tug of war" in British English

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tug of warnoun [C usually singular]

uk   us  
a ​type of ​sport in which two ​teams show ​theirstrength by ​pulling against each other at the ​oppositeends of a ​rope, and each ​teamtries to ​pull the other over a ​line on the ​ground
(Definition of tug of war from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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tug of warnoun [C usually sing]

 us   /ˈtʌɡ əv ˈwɔr/
a ​competition in which two ​teamspull at ​oppositeends of a ​rope, each ​trying to ​pull the other ​team over a ​line between them, or fig. a ​fight between two ​people or ​groups
(Definition of tug of war from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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