Main definitions of lug in English

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lug1

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1 Carry or drag (a heavy or bulky object) with great effort.

    ‘she began to lug her suitcase down the stairs’
    • ‘Parents, are you tired of lugging your child's bulky car seat through crowded, security-clogged airports?’
    • ‘I grabbed the heavy book and lugged it over to a cherrywood table.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He regularly covered 30 miles in a day lugging a rucksack heavy with specimens.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Staff were having to lug heavy oxygen tanks up and down and there was a problem with taking food up for patients.’
    • ‘Bottled water critics grumble about the price and the heavy bottles they have to lug home.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Tobias sighed heavily as he lugged his equally heavy books to his first class, Word Processing.’
    • ‘Willow came down the stairs, lugging a suitcase and wearing a backpack.’
    • ‘James was lugging a heavy box around, back facing Leanne.’
    • ‘And why should people struggle home from supermarkets lugging heavy bottles of water?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘With a big sigh they started lugging their bags out of the rusty car.’
    • ‘She sighed and lugged the bucket up the steps and into the house.’
    • ‘As I was coming out, lugging the heavy bucket along, I heard two familiar voices speaking softly.’
    • ‘Val obediently lugged her suitcase out again and packed her small amount of clothes.’
    • ‘When everything was packed, she lugged her heavy book bag onto the bed and started doing her homework.’
    carry, lift, bear, tote, heave, hoist, shoulder, manhandle
    haul, drag, pull, tug, tow, transport, move, take, bring, convey, shift, fetch
    hump, schlep
    humph
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    1. 1.1 Be encumbered with.
      ‘he had lugged his poor wife around for so long’
      • ‘Worse yet, Japan's banks face daunting competitive pressures while lugging all this negative baggage.’

noun

  • A box or crate used for transporting fruit.

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

lug

/ləɡ/

Main definitions of lug in English

: lug1lug2lug3

lug2

noun

  • 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 box’
    • ‘The forearm is shipped from the factory without being fitted to the forearm 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.’
    • ‘When hitting the frames together strike the aluminium not the plastic lug.’
    • ‘A traverse gearbox unit is pivoted on mounting lugs attached to the back of the saddle.’
    • ‘He has employed a clip which attaches to all three lugs on each side.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Remington's has a pair of lugs on either side of the bottom barrel that mate with corresponding cuts in the frame.’
    • ‘Basically, the receiver carries two massive ‘C’ shaped lugs that engage similar shaped seats in the sides of the block.’
    • ‘Locking lug recesses are integral, with the barrel and the three bolt lugs lock directly into the barrel.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The stock attaches to a lug at the bottom rear of the grip frame.’
    • ‘In attaching the units, each one was floated to its proper position and two lugs were inserted in their sockets in the hull.’
  • 2North American informal An uncouth, aggressive man.

    ‘a hood who, despite his fancy clothes, remains a lug’
    • ‘She is far from immune to the lovable Raymond, but she really carries a torch for his big lug of a brother.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You silly lug, I thought you were only stupid about law, not everything!’
    • ‘And how come only those two and that lug have seen her?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Like a big, goofy lug, Jerry gave the biggest smile ever, and his heart began to flutter with anxiety.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In fact, one in five astronauts is a nice-but-dopey lug who yearns to see them Dodgers in the Brooklyn pinstripes again.’
    • ‘Maybe that big lug might have been a good choice to come along.’
  • 3Scottish usually lugsinformal A person's ear.

    • ‘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.’

Origin

Late 15th century (denoting the earflap of a hat): probably of Scandinavian origin: compare with Swedish lugg forelock, nap of cloth.

Pronunciation:

lug

/ləɡ/

Main definitions of lug in English

: lug1lug2lug3

lug3

noun

Pronunciation:

lug

/ləɡ/