(n.) A test of strength and grip. Two teams line up on either side of a line and try to pull the other team over with a rope everyone holds.
It is also used as a metaphor in any event (usually political or gang-related) where two teams are trying to constantly outdo eachother.
It was a tug-of-war trying to get funds for the new project at work today. Smith kept trying to get money for his office from the boss while I wanted it to refurnish the office i work in.
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