tug of war

tug of war

  1. A game or competition in which two teams pull or tug on opposite ends of a rope trying to force the other team over the line which initially marked the middle between the two teams.
  2. (idiomatic) A dispute between two parties, particularly an entrenched, back-and-forth dispute.
  • French: tir à la corde
  • German: Tauziehen
  • Italian: tiro alla fune
  • Portuguese: cabo de guerra
  • Russian: перетя́гивание кана́та
  • Spanish: tira y afloja

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