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lug1

[luhg] /lʌg/
verb (used with object), lugged, lugging.
1.
to pull or carry with force or effort:
to lug a suitcase upstairs.
2.
to introduce or interject in an inappropriate or irrelevant manner:
to lug personalities into a discussion of philosophy.
3.
(of a sailing ship) to carry an excessive amount of (sail) for the conditions prevailing.
verb (used without object), lugged, lugging.
4.
to pull or tug laboriously.
5.
(of an engine or machine) to jerk, hesitate, or strain:
The engine lugs when we climb a steep hill.
noun
6.
an act or instance of lugging; a forcible pull; haul.
7.
a wooden box for transporting fruit or vegetables.
8.
Slang. a request for or exaction of money, as for political purposes:
They put the lug on him at the office.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English luggen < Scandinavian; compare Norwegian lugge, Swedish lugga to pull by the hair
Related forms
unlugged, adjective
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Examples from the web for lugging
  • We can drive over mining roads right up to sites, as opposed to lugging heavy equipment a mile or more by foot.
  • If you can survive while lugging that thing around on your head you must be doing something right.
  • He and friends spent years lugging in cement and rearranging limestone blocks to build benches, a table, a sleeping platform.
  • The old mental picture of a nomad invariably had him-mostly him, at that time-lugging lots of them.
  • The upper left ab pops out impressively from the effort of lugging five-gallon water jugs into our kitchen.
  • The plane's ramp flips open, and guys lugging cold-weather gear hustle down to the tarmac.
  • The prospect of lugging that around for three days didn't appeal to me at all.
  • Downsizing to a smaller place meant days of sifting, sorting and lugging--more than he was willing to handle.
  • My husband can now travel with me without being unhappy about lugging the duffel bag.
  • It's good to be prepared, but if you're lugging a bunch of huge bags into the park, you may forget to enjoy the rides.
British Dictionary definitions for lugging

lug1

/lʌɡ/
verb lugs, lugging, lugged
1.
to carry or drag (something heavy) with great effort
2.
(transitive) to introduce (an irrelevant topic) into a conversation or discussion
3.
(transitive) (of a sailing vessel) to carry too much (sail) for the amount of wind blowing
noun
4.
the act or an instance of lugging
Word Origin
C14: probably from Scandinavian; apparently related to Norwegian lugge to pull by the hair

lug2

/lʌɡ/
noun
1.
a projecting piece by which something is connected, supported, or lifted
2.
Also called tug. a leather loop used in harness for various purposes
3.
a box or basket for vegetables or fruit with a capacity of 28 to 40 pounds
4.
(Scot & Northern English, dialect) another word for ear1
5.
(slang) a man, esp a stupid or awkward one
Word Origin
C15 (Scots dialect) lugge ear, perhaps related to lug1 (in the sense: to pull by the ear)

lug3

/lʌɡ/
noun
1.
(nautical) short for lugsail

lug4

/lʌɡ/
noun
1.
short for lugworm
Word Origin
C16: origin uncertain
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Word Origin and History for lugging

lug

v.

late 14c., "to move (something) heavily or slowly," from Scandinavian (cf. Swedish lugga, Norwegian lugge "to pull by the hair"); see lug (n.). Related: Lugged; lugging.

n.

1620s, "handle of a pitcher," from lugge (Scottish) "earflap of a cap, ear" (late 15c.; according to OED, the common word for "ear" in 19c. Scotland), probably from Scandinavian (cf. Swedish lugg "forelock," Norwegian lugg "tuft of hair"). The connecting notion is "something that can be gripped and pulled." Applied 19c. to mechanical objects that can be grabbed or gripped. Meaning "stupid fellow" is from 1924; that of "lout, sponger" is 1931, American English. Cf. lug-nut (1869), nut closed at one end as a cap.

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Slang definitions & phrases for lugging

lug

noun
  1. A stupid man; dull fellow; bozo: Those lugs in the band would begin to kid me about it/ a simpleminded lug like Moose Malloy (1924+)
  2. A demand for money, esp bribe or protection money: a captain of detectives who was collecting the lug from the gambling houses (1934+)
verb

To solicit money; borrow

[origins and derivations uncertain; the first noun sense is probably fr lug, ''something heavy and clumsy,'' attested in the 16th century and retained in several English dialects where it is used derogatorily of persons]


LUG

noun

: At colleges as diverse as Smith and Ohio State, for example, episodic lesbians are numerous and open enough to have spawned an acronym: lug, short for Lesbian Until Graduation (1990s+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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