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tow

2 noun
     
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1 [countable]TT an act of pulling a vehicle behind another vehicle, using a rope or chain:
Can you give us a tow to the garage?
2

in tow

informal following closely behind someone or something:
Hannah arrived with her four kids in tow.
He turned up at my office with two lawyers in tow.
3

take something in tow

TT to connect a rope or a chain to a vehicle or ship so that it can be towed
4

under/on tow

British EnglishTT if a ship is under tow or a car is on tow, it is being pulled along by another vehicle

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