General English


  • noun an arrest or detention of a suspect (in the jargon of the underworld or police officers), a collar
  • noun an act of manual sexual stimulation of a male, usually by a female. A less common synonym of hand-job in use particularly in Australian speech in the 1990s.

Origin & History of “tug”

Tug goes back to a prehistoric Germanic base *teukh- ‘pull’ (source also of German ziehen ‘pull’ and English truck (14th c.), whose original meaning was ‘pull up, gather up’). this in turn was descended from Indo-European *deuk- ‘pull’, from which English gets conduct, duke, reduce, etc.