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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Tug v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tugged p. pr. & vb. n. Tugging.]
 1. To pull or draw with great effort; to draw along with continued exertion; to haul along; to tow; as, to tug a loaded cart; to tug a ship into port.
    There sweat, there strain, tug the laborious oar.   --Roscommon.
 2. To pull; to pluck. [Obs.]
 To ease the pain,
 His tugged cars suffered with a strain.   --Hudibras.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: a sudden abrupt pull [syn: jerk]
      2: a powerful small boat designed to pull or push larger ships
         [syn: tugboat, towboat, tower]
      v 1: pull hard; "The prisoner tugged at the chains"; "This movie
           tugs at the heart strings"
      2: strive and 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, labour, push, drive]
      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"
         [syn: lug, tote]
      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
      [also: tugging, tugged]

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      See tug