tug

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tug

a boat with a powerful engine, used for towing barges, ships, etc.
References in classic literature ?
Still unable to realize what had happened, Vronsky tugged at his mare's reins.
She sank back on her haunches, but lurched forward and tugged forward with all her force, tugged first on one side and then on the other, trying to move the cart.
Pierre seized the crossbeam, tugged, and wrenched the oak frame out with a crash.