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Tug-of-war   /təg-əv-wɔr/   Listen

Any hard struggle between equally matched groups.
A contest in which teams pull of opposite ends of a rope; the team dragged across a central line loses.

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"Tug-of-war" Quotes from Famous Books

... she paid for! How long had they used it for their meetings—sneaking in by that door from the back lane? Perhaps even before she went away—to bear his child! And there began in her a struggle between mother instinct and her sense of outrage—a spiritual tug-of-war so deep that it was dumb, unconscious—to decide whether her baby would be all hers, or would have slipped away from her heart, and be ...
— Forsyte Saga • John Galsworthy

Words linked to "Tug-of-war" :   athletic contest, athletic competition, conflict, battle, athletics, struggle

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