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

Translation of tough in Italian:


  • 1 (ruthless)
    a tough guy o customer [informal]
    un (osso) duro
  • 2 (severe)
    (policy, measure, law)
    (sport) (hard)
    (violent) 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)
    (problem, task)
    (match, decision)
    to have a tough time
    trovare difficile
    doing fare
    she's having a tough time
    sta attraversando un periodo difficile
  • 8 (American English) [informal] (great)


  • peggio per te

transitive verb


this meat is as tough as old boots

questa carne è dura come una suola di scarpa

she's as tough as old boots

è una vera dura

to hang tough

(American English) [informal]

hang tough!

Phrasal verbs

tough out

[informal] tough [something] out
to tough it out

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