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tough British & World English

(Of a substance or object) strong enough to withstand adverse conditions or rough handling

tough English Thesaurus

they had tough leather gloves

a hard act to follow British & World English

An achievement or performance which sets a standard regarded as being hard for others to measure up to

bad luck British & World English

Used to express sympathy or commiserations

get-tough British & World English

Designating an approach or attitude characterized by assertiveness, firmness, or aggressiveness

hang tough British & World English

Be or remain inflexible or firmly resolved

tough shit British & World English

Used to express a lack of sympathy with someone

tough love British & World English

Promotion of a person’s welfare, especially that of an addict, child, or criminal, by enforcing certain constraints on them, or requiring them to take responsibility for their actions

tough-minded British & World English

Strong-willed and able to face up to reality

a tough nut British & World English

Someone who is difficult to deal with; a formidable person

a tough nut to crack British & World English

A difficult problem or an opponent that is hard to beat

hang tough in hang British & World English

Be or remain inflexible or firmly resolved

bad luck in luck British & World English

Used to express sympathy or commiserations

tough shit in tough British & World English

Used to express a lack of sympathy with someone

a tough nut in nut British & World English

Someone who is difficult to deal with; a formidable person

tough shit or titty in tough British & World English

Used to express a lack of sympathy with someone

a hard act to follow in act British & World English

An achievement or performance which sets a standard regarded as being hard for others to measure up to

a tough nut to crack in nut British & World English

A difficult problem or an opponent that is hard to beat

a tough or hard nut in nut British & World English

Someone who is difficult to deal with; a formidable person

a tough or hard nut to crack in nut British & World English

A difficult problem or an opponent that is hard to beat