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tugboat

[tuhg-boht] /ˈtʌgˌboʊt/
noun
1.
a small, powerful boat for towing or pushing ships, barges, etc.
Also called towboat, tug.
Origin of tugboat
1820-1830
1820-30, Americanism; tug + boat
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n.

1832, from tug (n.) + boat (n.).

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