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tug at someone or something

to pull at someone or something. Stop tugging at me! I'll talk to you in a minute. The dog tugged at my pants cuff.
See also: tug

tug away (at something)

to pull hard at something; to haul something. She tugged away at the rope, but the anchor would not budge. No matter how much she tugged away, it didn't move.
See also: away, tug

tug at your heartstrings

also pull on your heartstrings
to cause strong feelings of affection or sympathy He looked into his son's smiling eyes and felt a tug on his heartstrings.
Usage notes: sometimes used with other verbs: The stories he told plucked at your heartstrings.
See also: heartstring, tug


showing too much respect towards someone who is in a high position As the General marched in, the collective forelock-tugging began.

tear/tug at your heartstrings

  also tear/tug at the heartstrings
if something or someone tugs at your heartstrings, they make you feel strong love or sympathy It's the story of a lost child - guaranteed to tug at the heartstrings.
See also: heartstring, tear

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.
See also: of, tug, war
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OTC BB: HYEG), a developer of systems and processes used in the design, manufacture and distribution of alternative fuel internal combustion engines, engine controls and generator systems, and Lynco Tugger, a manufacturer of high quality towing equipment for aviation and industrial applications based in Plymouth OH, today announced that Lynco Tugger will be displaying an Oxx Power [TM] hydrogen engine at booth 3645 at the Aviation Industry Expo in Dallas, TX March 18th, 19th and 20th.
Leaving behind his best girl and his loyal dog (giving rise to an insufferably cute heart tugger as the pooch follows his bike), Franta (Ondrej Vetchy) fetches up in Britain where, with his fellow countrymen, he joins the RAF and spends boring weeks trying to learn English, playing at fighter pilots on bicycles and chatting up the local lasses.
Keith Draper, secretary of the Friends at the Museum of British Road Transport explains that the Tugger front-wheel drive, low loading, 5 cwt van appears to have been a demonstration vehicle, registered by J Budge of Hampton, Warwick Road, Coventry.
Ultra Tugger 2 Cable Puller with universal electrical conduit attachment system, a cable pulling system that makes it easy to pull in and maintain the conduit - by a Greenlee employee, Rockford, Illinois.
Tenders are invited for Tugger Foundation At 1St Dip Of 43 Level West Under New Akashkinaree Colliery
Whether it be the hugely popular Rum Tum Tugger, a playful attractive lionesque creature with hips like Elvis, troublesome duo Mungojerrie and Rumpelteazer or magical Mr Mistoffelees, they are all a delight.
The production revolves around the antics of feline characters like Old Deuteronomy, Mr Mistoffelees, Rum Tum Tugger, Griddlebone and Grizabella, who sings the hit song Memory before she ascends to cat heaven.
Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton 01902 429212: Blood Brothers The musical heartstring tugger, about twins separated at birth, returns for another go round (today 2.
Ours was called Rum Tum Tugger, and very comfortable it was too.
Tenders are invited for Repairing And Rewinding Of 40 Hp Burnt Tugger Motor,550V,1440 Rpm, Make Gec,Sl No Cws/Bas/011 At Chandmari Section Of Bastacolla Colly
The production takes a while to get into top gear, but as Macavity rules the roost, Victoria, Grizelda, Rum Tum Tugger and Skimbleshanks excel, as the action hots up.
Shamelessly emotionally manipulative, not content with setting up the heart strings tugger as Ed Harris's new, maternally clueless young fashion photographer girlfriend Julia Roberts butts head with his middle aged earth mother ex-wife, Susan Sarandon over how to raise the kids and the predictable hostility towards Roberts from the brattish teenage daughter, Columbus loads up the mawkishness by throwing stoical terminal illness into the mix too.
Limited Tenders are invited for Spares For Rana Make Tugger Haulage
Another good option is a nearby event with multiple activities, such as the Chicago Air and Water Show -- with exhibitions from jets and stunt planes to a movie premiere of Tugger and a concert by Jim Belushi and the Sacred Hearts -- because there is something for everyone to enjoy.
A new route optimization solver helps companies design optimal tugger routes based on the number of tuggers, their capacity constraints, route times, timing windows for delivery and delivery precedence.