English version

tug-of-war

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Related topics: Other sports
tug-of-warˌtug-of-ˈwar noun [singular]  1 DSOa test of strength in which two teams pull opposite ends of a rope against each other2 FIGHTa situation in which two people or groups try very hard to get or keep the same thing There was a constant tug-of-war between the military and the president.
Examples from the Corpus
tug-of-warTwo people pulling in opposite directions have a tug-of-war.Rather, what seems to be happening is a tug-of-war over where exactly the bipartisan centre stands.Often, several make contact with the wall and then there is a tug-of-war between them.She heard the break before she actually saw the child who had fallen at the winning end of a tug-of-war rope.The children are trapped in an emotional tug-of-war between their parents.They have intricate games of tug-of-war with anything long enough to pull.Opposing forces were in precarious balance, and resolving their tug-of-war was his prime concern.
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