n 1: a sudden abrupt pull [syn: jerk
2: a powerful small boat designed to pull or push larger ships
v 1: pull hard; "The prisoner tugged at the chains"; "This movie
tugs at the heart strings"
2: exert oneself, make an effort to reach a goal; "She tugged
for years to make a decent living"; "We have to push a
little to make the deadline!"; "She is driving away at her
doctoral thesis" [syn: labor
3: tow (a vessel) with a tug; "The tugboat tugged the freighter
into the harbor"
4: carry with difficulty; "You'll have to lug this suitcase"
5: move by pulling hard: "The horse finally tugged the cart out
of the mud"
6: pull or strain hard at; "Each oar was tugged by several men"
7: struggle in opposition; "She tugged and wrestled with her