[noun] a powerful small boat designed to pull or push larger ships Synonyms: boat, towboat, tower
[verb] pull hard; "The prisoner tugged at the chains"; "This movie tugs at the heart strings"
[verb] 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" Synonyms: labor, labour, push, drive
[verb] tow (a vessel) with a tug; "The tugboat tugged the freighter into the harbor"
[verb] carry with difficulty; "You'll have to lug this suitcase" Synonyms: lug, tote
[verb] move by pulling hard; "The horse finally tugged the cart out of the mud"
[verb] pull or strain hard at; "Each oar was tugged by several men"
[verb] struggle in opposition; "She tugged and wrestled with her conflicts"