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.
Ted tugged at the brass buttons of her red, wool-crepe dress.
The handcuffs required her to reach with both hands as she tugged up the left leg of her stockings.
Priscilla, on her knees under the foresail, tugged at the anchor rope.
He glowered at his fate, and tugged his tawny moustache for some time in silence.
It was a collar and elbow hold; they tugged, strained, now pushing, now pulling.
Dick glowered sullenly at the wall and tugged his great moustache.
So to-night, with hopes high and nerves all a-tingle, she tugged at the line.
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."