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    tug of war

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to give me your considered opinion concerning the interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentences?

    But it was when the ladies were alone that Becky knew the tug of war would come. (W. Thackeray, “Vanity Fir”)

    Barbara: Is the bargain closed, Dolly?
    Cusins: No: the price is settled; that is ll. The real tug of war is still to come. (B. Shaw, “Major Barbara”)

    Such men had no chance with him when it came to the tug of war; he laid his will on them as if they had been children. (J. Galsworthy, “Caravan”)

    tug of war = an obstinate struggle, a stubborn engagement,

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    Re: tug of war

    Yes, with the idea generally that the sides are fairly evenly balanced IMO.

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    Re: tug of war

    Perhaps you don't know that Tug of War is a game or contest in which two teams pull at opposite ends of a strong rope in opposite directions. The winning team pulls a mark in the center of the rope past a preset goal, sometimes bringing the other team into a mudpit or some other degrading punishment. This is a popular team-building game within companies.

    So, in the examples you cited, Tug of War means a (mental) struggle in opposite 'directions'.

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    Re: tug of war

    Russia, Turkey in South Stream tug of war

    Tug of war Synonyms, Tug of war Antonyms | Thesaurus.com

    Tug of War: A Judge's Verdict on Separation, Custody Battles, and the Bitter Realities of Family Court

    Tug-of-war - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary

    At Small Scales, Tug-Of-War Between Electrons Can Lead to Magnetism

    tug of war = any hard struggle, esp. between two equally matched factions

    tug-of-war - definition of tug-of-war by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.

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