tug-slug


Morphology
rhyme reduplication

Etymology
From slug (EDD vb1 4, 1812 Not) to move slowly, walk sluggishly.

Definition
to make a noise in walking; to tramp.
pull (in tha EDD quot. used about feet in mud).

Usage
Lincolnshire

Quotations
First attested in 1888.

Elaboration
"First element tug = pull (in the EDD qout. used about feet in the mud." (Thun, p 52.)

References
The English dialect dictionary, being the complete vocabulary of all dialect words still in use, or known to have been in use during the last two hundred years; founded on the publications of the English Dialect Society and on a large amount of material never before printed. Edited by Joseph Wright. Oxford University Press, 1898~1905. [See biblography.]

Nils Thun. Reduplicative words in English: a study of formations of the types tick-tick, hurly-burly, and shilly-shally. 1963. [See biblography.]


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