Tug vs Grab - What's the difference?

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Tug is a related term of grab.

As nouns the difference between tug and grab

is that tug is a sudden powerful pull while grab is grave.

As a verb tug

is to pull or drag with great effort.




  • to pull or drag with great effort
  • The police officers tugged the drunkard out of the pub.
  • to pull hard repeatedly
  • He lost his patience trying to undo his shoe-lace, but tugging it made the knot even tighter.
  • to tow by tugboat
  • Derived terms

    * tug down * tug up


    (en noun)
  • a sudden powerful pull
  • * Dryden
  • At the tug he falls, / Vast ruins come along, rent from the smoking walls.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=September 24 , author=David Ornstein , title=Arsenal 3 - 0 Bolton , work=BBC Sport citation , page= , passage=But Van Persie slotted home 40 seconds after the break before David Wheater saw red for a tug on Theo Walcott.}}
  • (nautical) a tugboat
  • (obsolete) A kind of vehicle used for conveying timber and heavy articles.
  • (Halliwell)
  • A trace, or drawing strap, of a harness.
  • (mining) An iron hook of a hoisting tub, to which a tackle is affixed.
  • (slang) An act of masturbation
  • He had a quick tug to calm himself down before his date.

    Derived terms

    * tug of war


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    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) .


  • To grip suddenly; to seize; to clutch.
  • * , chapter=7
  • , title= Mr. Pratt's Patients , passage=Old Applegate, in the stern, just set and looked at me, and Lord James, amidship, waved both arms and kept hollering for help. I took a couple of everlasting big strokes and managed to grab hold of the skiff's rail, close to the stern.}}
  • To make a sudden grasping or clutching motion (at something).
  • To restrain someone; to arrest.
  • To grip the attention; to enthrall.
  • (informal) To quickly collect or retrieve.
  • * 1987 James Grady Just a Shot Away , Bantam, p117
  • "I'll just grab my jacket," said Manh-Hung.
  • * 1999 Jillian Dagg, Racing Hearts, Thomas Bouregy & Co., p105
  • Hardly believing that Rafe actually planned to relax for a while, Kate nodded. "All right. Fine. I'll just go grab my purse."
  • * 2009 Mike Taylor, A Thousand Sleeps, Tate Publishing, p216
  • He looked at Albert and Ben, and then back to Nurse Allen. "I'll just grab my gear and be right back."
  • (informal) To consume something quickly.
  • To take the opportunity of.
  • * {{quote-news, year=2012, date=May 19, author=Paul Fletcher, work=BBC Sport
  • , title= Blackpool 1-2 West Ham , passage=Both teams wasted good opportunities to score but it was the London side who did grab what proved to be the decisive third when the unmarked Vaz Te, a January signing from Barnsley, drilled the ball into the net from 12 yards.}}


    (en noun)
  • a sudden snatch (for something)
  • * 1931 Harold M. Sherman, "The Baseball Clown," Boys' Life, Vol. 21, No. 4 (April 1931), Boy Scouts of America, p47
  • The ball popped in and popped out, and when he made a grab for it on the ground he kicked it with his foot.
  • * 2003 J Davey, Six Years of Darkness, Trafford Publishing, p66
  • He made a grab for me and I swung my handbag at him as hard as I could.
  • a mechanical device that grabs or clutches
  • # a device for withdrawing drills, etc., from artesian and other wells that are drilled, bored, or driven
  • (media) a soundbite
  • Derived terms
    * attention-grabbing * ungrab * up for grabs
    * catch * clutch * grasp * seize * snatch

    Etymology 2

    (etyl) and (etyl) ghurb? : crow, raven, a kind of Arab ship.


    (en noun)
  • A two- or three-masted vessel used on the Malabar coast.
  • Anagrams

    * * ----