verb (lugs, lugging, lugged)[with object]
- 1Carry or drag (a heavy or bulky object) with great effort: she began to lug her suitcase down the stairsMore example sentences
- He regularly covered 30 miles in a day lugging a rucksack heavy with specimens.
- And why should people struggle home from supermarkets lugging heavy bottles of water?
- Between the two of them, they managed to pick up all of Amy's suitcases and then they began to slowly lug them towards the lifts.
- 1.1Be encumbered with: he had lugged his poor wife around for so longMore example sentences
- Worse yet, Japan's banks face daunting competitive pressures while lugging all this negative baggage.
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late Middle English: probably of Scandinavian origin: compare with Swedish lugga 'pull a person's hair' (from lugg 'forelock').
- 1A projection on an object by which it may be carried or fixed in place: mount the fitting directly to the lugs at each side of the boxMore example sentences
- Locking lug recesses are integral, with the barrel and the three bolt lugs lock directly into the barrel.
- Remington's has a pair of lugs on either side of the bottom barrel that mate with corresponding cuts in the frame.
- On the Tiber side, however, Piranesi has had to adjust the placement of the upper side of the lug to make it fit as tightly against the Tiber bank as the main corner of the compound.
- 2 • informal , chiefly North American An uncouth, aggressive man: a hood who, despite his fancy clothes, remains a lug[contemptuous use, perhaps from the 19th-century term denoting the lowest grade of tobacco]More example sentences
- Maybe that big lug might have been a good choice to come along.
- Lewis needed two navigators, two watch captains, and two more primary helmsmen, plus some big, strong lugs to grind the deck winches, and versatile guys who could handle the bow and the mast.
- She is far from immune to the lovable Raymond, but she really carries a torch for his big lug of a brother.
- 3 (usually lugs) Scottish or • informal A person’s ear.More example sentences
- His latest strategy - which he's toyed with before but is introducing in force this year - targets the lugs of youth, which he believes can be attuned to classical music once prised from more strident stimulations.
late 15th century (denoting the earflap of a hat): probably of Scandinavian origin: compare with Swedish lugg 'forelock, nap of cloth'.