tug-war

tug of war

noun
1.
an athletic contest between two teams at opposite ends of a rope, each team trying to drag the other over a line.
2.
a hard-fought, critical struggle for supremacy.

Origin:
1670–80 for def 2; 1875–80 for def 1

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