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Definition of tug of war noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary


    tug of war

    [singular, uncountable]
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  1. 1a sports event in which two teams pull at opposite ends of a rope until one team drags the other over a line on the ground
  2. 2a situation in which two people or groups try very hard to get or keep the same thing After the divorce they became involved in an emotional tug of war over the children.
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