Main definitions of lug in English

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lug1

verb

  • 1with object and adverbial of direction Carry or drag (a heavy or bulky object) with great effort.

    ‘she began to lug her suitcase down the stairs’
    • ‘Bottled water critics grumble about the price and the heavy bottles they have to lug home.’
    • ‘I grabbed the heavy book and lugged it over to a cherrywood table.’
    • ‘When everything was packed, she lugged her heavy book bag onto the bed and started doing her homework.’
    • ‘On the cobbles in front of the lower site, he saw James lugging his heavy bag to the coach driver, who shoved it into the coach's large hold.’
    • ‘Willow came down the stairs, lugging a suitcase and wearing a backpack.’
    • ‘And why should people struggle home from supermarkets lugging heavy bottles of water?’
    • ‘James was lugging a heavy box around, back facing Leanne.’
    • ‘She sighed and lugged the bucket up the steps and into the house.’
    • ‘Staff were having to lug heavy oxygen tanks up and down and there was a problem with taking food up for patients.’
    • ‘Then, as Rich gawked, the leopard gripped its catch by the neck and, without too much effort, lugged it twenty feet straight up an acacia tree.’
    • ‘Parents, are you tired of lugging your child's bulky car seat through crowded, security-clogged airports?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He regularly covered 30 miles in a day lugging a rucksack heavy with specimens.’
    • ‘With a big sigh they started lugging their bags out of the rusty car.’
    • ‘The three headed up the porch steps, Kimberly and Gabe lugging their bags.’
    • ‘I lugged my heavy bags upstairs and dropped them with a thud in the middle of the room.’
    • ‘Val obediently lugged her suitcase out again and packed her small amount of clothes.’
    • ‘As I was coming out, lugging the heavy bucket along, I heard two familiar voices speaking softly.’
    • ‘Tobias sighed heavily as he lugged his equally heavy books to his first class, Word Processing.’
    • ‘Right now at this moment you're lugging heavy boxes of books down the stairs and I can't even begin to tell her how much that means.’
    carry, lift, bear, tote, heave, hoist, shoulder, manhandle
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    1. 1.1 Be encumbered with.
      ‘don't worry about lugging the kids to the salon with you’
      • ‘Worse yet, Japan's banks face daunting competitive pressures while lugging all this negative baggage.’

noun

  • A box or crate used for transporting fruit.

    ‘a truck piled high with wooden lugs of grapes’

Origin

Late Middle English: probably of Scandinavian origin: compare with Swedish lugga ‘pull a person's hair’ (from lugg ‘forelock’).

Pronunciation

lug

/lʌɡ/

Main definitions of lug in English

: lug1lug2lug3

lug2

noun

  • 1usually lugsScottish Northern English informal A person's ear.

    ‘I couldn't hear what they were saying with that leather over my lugs’
    • ‘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.’
  • 2A 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 box’
    • ‘The stock attaches to a lug at the bottom rear of the grip 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The distinctive cushion-shaped case has thin wire lugs soldered onto it, with a leather strap that's long enough to be worn over a wetsuit.’
    • ‘The forearm is shipped from the factory without being fitted to the forearm lug.’
    • ‘In attaching the units, each one was floated to its proper position and two lugs were inserted in their sockets in the hull.’
    • ‘Basically, the receiver carries two massive ‘C’ shaped lugs that engage similar shaped seats in the sides of the block.’
    • ‘When hitting the frames together strike the aluminium not the plastic lug.’
    • ‘Each fan is securely held in place by a plastic frame that includes lugs to fit in the fan mounting holes, and opposing clips to hold the fan in place.’
    • ‘A traverse gearbox unit is pivoted on mounting lugs attached to the back of the saddle.’
    • ‘The small contact area and the fair amount of force needed to secure the clip into place, made pushing it down onto the lugs quite hard.’
    • ‘Gently hooking the single clip to a lug on one side of the socket, I then slowly dropped the Volcano into place and used a flathead screwdriver to fasten the clip to the other lug.’
    • ‘He has employed a clip which attaches to all three lugs on each side.’
    • ‘The use of pre-set anchor lugs in the subbase to prevent long-term slab movements on the steep grade prevented concrete trucks from backing down the grade to deliver concrete.’
  • 3North American informal A loutish man.

    ‘he plays a hood who, despite his fancy clothes, remains a lug’
    • ‘They think it's time someone taught a lesson to George, a genuinely irritating lug who, like the rest of the characters, has more going on inside than is immediately apparent.’
    • ‘She is far from immune to the lovable Raymond, but she really carries a torch for his big lug of a brother.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Am I now expected to going back to rooting for this selfish lug?’
    • ‘Now it's referring to the same big lug who met his fate thanks to David's slingshot.’
    • ‘Like a big, goofy lug, Jerry gave the biggest smile ever, and his heart began to flutter with anxiety.’
    • ‘And how come only those two and that lug have seen her?’
    • ‘I don't know what it was about him- maybe it was the image of this poor big lug standing in the middle of a Texas highway watching everything he had worked for vanish into the distance.’
    • ‘Maybe that big lug might have been a good choice to come along.’
    • ‘You silly lug, I thought you were only stupid about law, not everything!’
    • ‘In fact, one in five astronauts is a nice-but-dopey lug who yearns to see them Dodgers in the Brooklyn pinstripes again.’

Origin

Late 15th century (denoting the ear flap of a hat): probably of Scandinavian origin: compare with Swedish lugg ‘forelock, nap of cloth’. lug (sense 3 of the noun) is perhaps from the 19th-century term denoting the lowest grade of tobacco.

Pronunciation

lug

/lʌɡ/

Main definitions of lug in English

: lug1lug2lug3

lug3

noun

  • short for lugworm
    • ‘The best baits are mackerel and squid strips cut about three to four inches long by about half an inch wide - or maybe king ragworm or lug.’
    • ‘The bulk of cod fishing is done with worm baits, usually lugworm due to the copious amounts of blood juice the lug holds, but also ragworm.’

Pronunciation

lug

/lʌɡ/