have in tow

have (someone or something) in tow

1. To be accompanied by someone or something. I can't believe Joyce had all eight kids in tow when she came into the office today.
2. To pull or drag something. They have the plane in tow and will bring it back to the hangar.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

have someone or something in tow

Fig. to lead, pull, or tow someone or something around. Mrs. Smith has her son by the hand and in tow. That car has a boat in tow.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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