There are 3 translations of tough in Spanish:

tough1

Pronunciation: /tʌf/

adj (-er, -est)

  • 2 [person] 2.1 (physically, emotionally resilient) fuerte 2.2 (aggressive, violent) bravucón he's just trying to be a tough guy [colloquial/familiar] se está haciendo el gallito or el machito [familiar/colloquial]
  • 3 3.1 (strict, uncompromising) [boss/teacher] severo, exigente, estricto; [legislation/terms/line] duro; [policy/discipline] duro, de mano dura; [negotiator] implacable to be tough on sb (strict) ser* duro or severo con algn (unfair) ser* injusto para con algn I think she's too tough on her son creo que es demasiado dura or severa con su hijo I'm going to have to get tough with you voy a tener que ser más dura contigo there was some tough talking by both sides ambas partes se expresaron sin rodeos 3.2 (difficult) [exam/decision/question] difícil, peliagudo the job was tough going to begin with al principio, el trabajo se me hizo muy cuesta arriba it's tough leaving your family at that age es duro tener que dejar a la familia a esa edad they had a tough time las pasaron muy mal, pasaron las de Caín 3.3 (as interj) [colloquial/familiar] tough (luck)! ¡mala suerte!

Phrasal verbs

tough out

v + o + adv to tough it out [colloquial/familiar] no transigir*, no ceder to tough it out with sb oponer* resistencia a algn, no ceder ante algn

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Word of the day caudillo
m
leader …
Cultural fact of the day

The most famous celebrations of Holy Week in the Spanish-speaking world are held in Seville. Lay brotherhoods, cofradías, process through the city in huge parades between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday. Costaleros bear the pasos, huge floats carrying religious figures made of painted wood. Others, nazarenos (Nazarenes) and penitentes (penitents) walk alongside the pasos, in their distinctive costumes. During the processions they sing saetas, flamenco verses mourning Christ's passion. The Seville celebrations date back to the sixteenth century.

There are 3 translations of tough in Spanish:

tough2

adv

[colloquial/familiar]
  • 1.1 (aggressively) stop acting tough no te hagas el gallito or el machito [familiar/colloquial] 1.2 (uncompromisingly) con firmeza

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Word of the day caudillo
m
leader …
Cultural fact of the day

The most famous celebrations of Holy Week in the Spanish-speaking world are held in Seville. Lay brotherhoods, cofradías, process through the city in huge parades between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday. Costaleros bear the pasos, huge floats carrying religious figures made of painted wood. Others, nazarenos (Nazarenes) and penitentes (penitents) walk alongside the pasos, in their distinctive costumes. During the processions they sing saetas, flamenco verses mourning Christ's passion. The Seville celebrations date back to the sixteenth century.

There are 3 translations of tough in Spanish:

tough3

n

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Word of the day caudillo
m
leader …
Cultural fact of the day

The most famous celebrations of Holy Week in the Spanish-speaking world are held in Seville. Lay brotherhoods, cofradías, process through the city in huge parades between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday. Costaleros bear the pasos, huge floats carrying religious figures made of painted wood. Others, nazarenos (Nazarenes) and penitentes (penitents) walk alongside the pasos, in their distinctive costumes. During the processions they sing saetas, flamenco verses mourning Christ's passion. The Seville celebrations date back to the sixteenth century.