tug of war


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tug of war

A struggle for supremacy, as in There's a constant political tug of war between those who favor giving more power to the states and those who want a strong federal government . Although there is an athletic contest also so named, in which participants holding either end of a rope try to pull each other across a dividing line, the present usage, first recorded in 1677, predates it by about two centuries. The noun tug itself means "a strenuous contest between two sides," and war refers to fighting, either physical or figurative.
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All the units based at Camp Pendelton are invited to compete in the "Isuzu Marine Tug Of War.
In his first Newcastle triumph, in 1977, Tug Of War beat Sea Pigeon (gave 7lb) by a length, and 12 months later gamely held on in a blanket finish.
A team from Merseyside fire and rescue service are one of five teams competing in the House of Lords versus House of Commons Tug of War contest on June 10 to raise cash for cancer charity Macmillan.
Tracey Burlinson, 33, of Fulwell, Sunderland, is a member of the Army Ladies Tug of War team that has been invited to take part in the competition by the England Tug of War Association.
However, the feelgood factor was restored when the tug of war team used sheer power to win the world indoor championships.
During the programme we'll see them training hard, because as the current British Champions, they were the first ever team to represent Wales in this year's European Tug of War Championship in Togenburg, Switzerland.
Next month's Shackerstone Family Festival, near Market Bosworth, should include a tug of war.
While tug of war is still an amateur sport, competitors at this level taKe it very seriously.
Final of 100 meter race and Tug of War was held on the concluding day.
The winners will go on to represent England at the World Indoor Tug of War Championships in Perth, Scotland, in February.
A Brooklyn woman obsessed with the progress of the Nazis overseas has lost the ability to walk -- and subsequently becomes the jackpot in a high-stakes tug of war between the doctor who secretly loves her and her faith-challenged husband.
Environmental campaigners staged a tug of war in protest against the threat of nuclear energy.
We've just been crowned world champions at tug of war twice.
But these ladies are a force to be reckoned with and are hoping they will be selected for the Scottish tug of war squad for the World Championships in Glasgow next February.
Games like the Tug of War between Mini-Moose and Super-Moose, or the long-running Hat Trick Game or Hydro Challenge.