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  ( tows    3rd person present)   ( towing    present participle)   ( towed    past tense & past participle  )
1       verb   If one vehicle tows another, it pulls it along behind it.  
He had been using the vehicle to tow his work trailer...      V n  
They threatened to tow away my car...      V n with adv  
The British navy boarded the vessel and towed it to New York.      V n prep  
2       phrase   If you have someone in tow, they are following you closely because you are looking after them or you are leading them somewhere.  
INFORMAL   with n PHR, PHR after v  
There she was on my doorstep with child in tow...     

tow truck        ( tow trucks    plural  ) A tow truck is a motor vehicle which is used to pull broken or damaged vehicles.      n-count  
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      vb   drag, draw, haul, lug, pull, trail, trawl, tug  

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tow truck, tow rope, town, to

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