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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We hope some day that tug of war will once again be part of the Olympic programme.
They're really putting their backs into it as well, 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.
His best-known runner was Tug Of War, the only horse this century to win the Northumberland Plate twice, and also successful twice in Ascot's Gordon Carter Handicap.
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Two events of Kabaddi and tug of war held in the inaugural session.
The Tug of War Association has lobbied hard to get the sport back on the Olympic roster.
They'll be lining up in tug of war teams as the 2016 British and Irish indoor tug of war championships take place at Huddersfield Leisure Centre.
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Yardley MP John Hemming (pictured) joined forces with other cross-party MPs in a tug of war which pitted the House of Commons against the House of Lords.
One day, Hare finally gets fed up and challenges each of them to a tug of war.
Alan Knott, of the Tug of War Association, said: "It is reported that the Liverpool Police 'were wearing enormous shoes, so heavy in fact that it was only with great effort that they could lift their feet from the ground'
These election results remind me of the strategy in tug of war, in which the losing side holds the rope until the point where it knows it has lost.
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.
Meet the Mydroilyn ladies - Wales' Tug of War team and the focus of this special documentary.