British informal A dispute over the custody of a child: [as modifier]: tug-of-love battles between adoptive and real parents
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- A desperate mum is still caught up in a tug-of-love battle over her three children, despite winning custody of them a year ago.
- A man whose granddaughter was taken away from his family in a tug-of-love court battle is writing a book about his ordeal.
- It's deadlock, with only acrimonious court battles and a bitter tug-of-love to look forward to.