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

Translation of tough in Italian:

adjective

  • 1 (ruthless)
    (businessman)
    duro
    (criminal)
    incallito
    a tough guy o customer [informal]
    un (osso) duro
  • 2 (severe)
    (policy, measure, law)
    duro, severo
    (stance)
    rigido
    (opposition)
    tenace
    (competition)
    duro
    (criticism)
    aspro
    (sport) (hard) duro
    (violent) violento
    to take a tough line
    adottare la linea dura (on something per qualcosa) (with somebody nei confronti di, con qualcuno)
    you were a bit tough on him
    sei stato un po' duro con lui
    to get tough with somebody
    usare le maniere forti con qualcuno
  • 3 (difficult)
    (way of life, conditions, situation)
    difficile, duro
    (problem, task)
    arduo
    (match, decision)
    difficile
    (challenge)
    duro
    to have a tough time
    trovare difficile (doing fare)
    she's having a tough time
    sta attraversando un periodo difficile
  • 7 [informal] (unfortunate)that's tough
    questa è scalogna!
    tough luck!
    che sfortuna!
    (unsympathetically) peggio per te!
    tough shit! [vulgar]
    che sfiga di merda! che cazzo di sfiga!
    it was tough on them
  • 8 (American English) [informal] (great)

exclamation

[informal]

transitive verb

Idioms

this meat is as tough as old boots

[informal]
questa carne è dura come una suola di scarpa

she's as tough as old boots

[informal]
è una vera dura

to hang tough

(American English) [informal]

hang tough!

tieniti forte!

Phrasal verbs

tough out

[informal] tough [something] out
superare (crisis)
affrontare (recession)
to tough it out
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