Definition of tug of love in English:

tug of love

phrase

British
informal
  • A dispute over the custody of a child:

    [as modifier] ‘tug-of-love battles between adoptive and real parents’
    • ‘A six-year-old girl is at the centre of an agonising tug-of-love in which she is being forced to choose between living with her mother and stepfather in England or with her father abroad.’
    • ‘A SIX-year-old girl caught up in a tug of love between her separated parents is safe and well with her father in Britain, Gardaí have confirmed.’
    • ‘There is an inherent suspicion that a single male travelling with a child is involved in some kind of tug-of-love abduction saga, and is spiriting the youngster to any place where extradition treaties do not apply.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘That's when emotions can get out of hand, and the child can be caught up in a tug-of-love over access.’
    • ‘Basically, what transpired was a tug of love, with Owen in the middle.’
    • ‘Police hunting a man believed to have abducted his four-year-old daughter in a tug-of-love battle yesterday said they were following several encouraging leads after reported sightings of the pair abroad.’
    • ‘MORE THAN 100 children were caught up in long-distance tug-of-love battles between Ireland and other countries last year.’

Pronunciation:

tug of love

/ˌtʌɡ əv ˈlʌv/