Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR TUGGING

"I've been a fool," said Eileen, tugging at the pearls viciously.

"It wasn't anything," said Grant shortly, tugging at a boot.

Tugging at rope and at reef, while men weep and women swoon.

"I wish I could go with you," he cried, tugging at his white moustache.

"Then come back now and tell her," said Diana, tugging at him as if to make him turn.

This last was addressed to Mrs. Chase, who was tugging at her skirt.

Slowly, Galusha, tugging the suitcase, stumbled to the edge of the piazza.

His big right hand had wandered upward and was tugging at his beard.

Mandleco was saying something urgently, tugging at Arnold's arm.

"Outside," yells he, tugging at his sword with one hand, and pointing to the door with the other.

WORD ORIGIN

early 13c., from weak grade of Old English teohan "to pull, drag," from Proto-Germanic *teukh- "pull," from PIE *deuk- "to pull, to lead" (see duke (n.)). Related to tow (v.). Related: Tugged; tugging.