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[tuhg-boht] /ˈtʌgˌboʊt/
a small, powerful boat for towing or pushing ships, barges, etc.
Also called towboat, tug.
Origin of tugboat
1820-30, Americanism; tug + boat Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The proof is that it has a suitcase as big as a tugboat along for the trip.
  • Tell the students to make another tugboat by stacking blocks on top of the first tugboat.
  • The gravel barges would be brought in and out by tugboat.
  • Then again, there do not seem to be too many other recreational mariners who live on a tugboat.
  • They had not returned at midnight last night, and a search on a tugboat failed to discover them.
Word Origin and History for tugboat

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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