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British English: /tʌf/
American English: /təf/

Translation of tough in French:



  • 1 (ruthless)
    a tough guy ou customer (informal)
    un dur
  • 2 (severe)
    (policy, stance, measure, law)
    (opposition, competition, criticism) (before n)
    (sport) (after n)
    to take a tough line
    se montrer dur
    on something à propos de quelque chose with somebody envers quelqu'un
    you were a bit tough on him
    tu as été un peu dur envers or avec lui
    to get tough with somebody
    se montrer dur avec quelqu'un
  • 3 (difficult)
    (way of life, conditions, situation)
    (problem, task, match, decision)
    to have a tough time
    avoir des difficultés
    doing pour faire
    she's having a tough time
    elle traverse une période difficile
  • 5 (durable)
    (material, skin, layer)
    [pejorative] (meat, vegetable) [pejorative]
  • 6 (rough)
    (area, school)
  • 7
    (unfortunate) See examples:that's tough
    manque de pot (informal)!
    tough luck!
    manque de pot (informal)!
    tant pis pour toi!
    tough shit (slang)!
    tant pis pour toi!
    it was tough on them
    c'était vache (informal) pour eux
  • 8
    (American English) (great)


  • tant pis pour toi!


this meat is as tough as old boots

cette viande c'est de la semelle

she's as tough as old boots

elle est coriace

to hang tough

(American English)
tenir bon

hang tough!

accroche-toi (informal)!

Phrasal verbs

tough out

tough [something] out
to tough it out

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