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Tug, Tugg, n. Also: (trugg). [Late ME and e.m.E. teug (1417-18), tugg (1481-3), tug (1635).]

1. A tug, a pull; a violent tussle. The tarsall gaif him tug for tug, A stanchell hang in ilka lug; Dunb. (OUP) 163/81.
Then will begin sike broyls and tuggs, And lund'ring yane anothers luggs; G. Stuart Joco-Ser. Disc. 42.

2. ? A strap, chain or rope employed in pulling a load, esp. as part of a draught animal's harness. Ane hem wyth tuggis the price iiii d.; 1523 Wigtown B. Ct. 144a.
For towis to be tugis for grytlyne baik and for ane garroune; 1618 Aberd. Shore Wk. Acc. 95.
8 barrowis with all thair truggis [? erron. for tuggis]; 1640–1 Aberd. Shore Wk. Acc. 258.
2 tethers & tugs; 1665 Nicolson Diurnals 19 May.
Materials belonging to a plough, such as a team, tugs, and heme; 1698 Edgar Old Church Life 221.

3. A strip pulled off the hide of a slaughtered animal. The said John Duncan … did … find the said mart kow slayne, brockine, and putt up in veshells, quher ane tug of her hyde wes also found; 1669 Argyll Justic. Rec. I 7.
The fleshers within this burgh sall in no tym heirefter tak tugs aff hyids; 1669 R. Brown Paisley I 320.

4. attrib. Tug-fisching, fishing using either a tug-net or a handline pulled through the water. Tug-net, a fishing net that is drawn through the water, a drag-net. Also attrib. Tug quhytting, whiting caught using a tug-net or a handline. Tug-saw, ? a two-handled saw. — Thay hawing bene furth altogedder that night at the tug fisching; 1609 Aberd. Eccl. Rec. 72.
Thay … pairted thair hearine and fisches quhilk thay had gotten at thair tug fisching; 1609 Aberd. Eccl. Rec. 73.
It is statute … that fra hyne forth wartis … thar be na tugnettis sufferit to fische in ony tyme of the yher; 1444–5 Aberd. B. Rec. MS V ii 694.
Ad locum at aquam de Spay ubi rete piscationis vulgo tugnettis fisching dicti Rob. solebant piscare; 1584 Reg. Great S. 232/1.
Salmonum piscariam et lie tug-net tam rubrorum piscium; 1607 Reg. Great S. 686/1.
For payment of the dewteis of the tugnet; 1611 Burnett of Leys 38.
All and whole that salmon fishing and tugnet alsweill of reidfischis and scail [ed. stail] fische as of other fisches within the flowing of the sey; 1611 Yester Wr. 300.
The salmon fishing and lie tugnet [ed. twynett] with red fish and scaill [ed. staill] fische; 1623 Yester Wr. 358.
The lands of Essil, with … lie tugnet fishing right belonging thereto; 1661 Reg. Great S. 37/1.
About this tyme, sum tug quhytinges takin; Spalding II 174.
Thre sawis, ane armyt, a tugsaw, a handsaw; 1501 Acta Conc. II 477.

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"Tug n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 21 Apr 2019 <http://www.dsl.ac.uk/entry/dost/tug_n>

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