Then the girl reached into her mountain trousers and tugged at her clothing.
As I was coming out, my sister [Valerie] tugged on me and said, ‘That’s the boy who kicked me off my bicycle.
She tugged on the black rope that wrapped around his thighs and torso, her leather gloves creaking with each adjustment.
c.1500, from tug (v.). Meaning "small steamer used to tow other vessels" is recorded from 1817. Phrase tug of war (1670s) was originally figurative, "the decisive contest, the real struggle."