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Definition of tow noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  • an act of one vehicle pulling another vehicle using a rope or chain The car broke down and we had to get somebody to give us a tow. a tow truck
  • Idioms
    1. 1(informal) if you have someone in tow, they are with you and following closely behind She turned up with her mother in tow.
    2. 2if a ship is taken in tow, it is pulled by another ship
    See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: tow