snubbing force

1. n. [Well Workover and Intervention]
The force required to insert a tool or tubing string into a live wellbore. Two main components act to determine the snubbing force: the force resulting from the wellhead pressure acting on the cross-sectional area of the tubing, or the outside diameter of the tool and the force required to overcome the friction resulting from the stripper or similar sealing device containing the wellbore pressure and fluids.