There are 3 translations of tough in Spanish:

tough1

Pronunciation: /tʌf/

adj (-er, -est)

  • 1 1.1 (strong, hard-wearing) [fabric/rubber/clothing] resistente, fuerte
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    • He knows just how to make tight leggings, rough, tough leathers and plush cashmere absolutely dazzling.
    • If you have ever polished some hard, tough material like metal or marble you know how much energy it takes.
    • The ground began shacking with such great force, not even the lifeless roots obscured in the grey soil were tough enough to hold up their dying masters.
    1.2 (not tender) [meat] duro; (leathery) correoso
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    • I've been grazing among the blogs and chewing that question like a tough mouthful of cud.
    • Hominids had teeth that resembled those of pigs and bears, which can chew tough, fiber-rich food.
    • Most of them are sipping coffee, or reading newspapers, or chewing morosely on tough bread.
  • 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 [colloquial/familiar]
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    • While all agree he is tough and prone to losing his temper, there is almost universal respect for his abilities as a soldier.
    • Galvin's characters jump off the page at you whether he is describing a tough young cop like Fox or ‘Beano’ his snout.
    • Outside the town centre pubs, tough young men and women in vests, jeans and tattoos were giving each other the thumbs up and cackling with glee.
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    • Happily, Russian skaters tend to be tough as old boots.
    • It then turned out that my grandad is as tough as old boots, and probably just wanted to take attention away from me getting a job.
    • Finally there is the underlying truth that Carol is as tough as old boots, and frankly, as sexy as a Sherman tank.
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    • Brees is smart, tough and had the confidence of his teammates after leading them to 20 wins over the last two years.
    • In any case, with Beeching reluctant to play the game and with Marples determined to be tough, it was difficult to predict which lines would be spared in advance.
    • I saw the older men trying to demonstrate they were still tough and able.
  • 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
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    • I think acting is tough, as it requires great mental discipline.
    • These questions require us to make tough decisions about how we distribute our finite resources.
    • Also: finishing a tough job requires that you draw your hand theatrically across your brow.
    3.3 (as interjection/como interjección) [colloquial/familiar] tough (luck)! ¡mala suerte!
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    • Sereana Naikelekele says the situation is tough on all five kids.
    • It is tough on Maloney that the arduous assignment of a UEFA Cup tie at home to VfB Stuttgart is being billed as if it were the equivalent of finishing school for the player.
    • I think it's going to be tough on the mother when that trial comes.
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    • As it developed, the Court took a tough approach to applying the law, and did not permit many restrictive agreements.
    • The Government was positioning itself nicely to run a campaign based on its tough approach to dealing with asylum seekers.
    • But Blunkett's tough approach to social reform could only be argued by a minister free of personal distractions.

Phrasal verbs

tough out

verb + object + adverb/verbo + complemento + adverbio 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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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 [colloquial/familiar] 1.2 (uncompromisingly) con firmeza

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Word of the day deteriorar
vt
los conflictos laborales han deteriorado nuestras relaciones = the labor disputes have damaged our relations …
Cultural fact of the day

Palacio de Oriente, also known as the Palacio Real, is the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family. The Royal Family now lives in the Palacio de la Zarzuela, on the outskirts of Madrid.

There are 3 translations of tough in Spanish:

tough3

n

  • [colloquial/familiar] matón (masculine) [colloquial/familiar]
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    • One disaster follows another on this, the worst day of Bruce Nolan's life, as he's fired from the station, beaten up by a gang of toughs, who then vandalise his car.
    • These Christian bikers come from all walks of life, though many of them are ex-motorcycle gang toughs who've been born again.
    • A misfit gang of working-class street toughs from Queens, the Ramones were ruled with an iron fist by guitarist Johnny.

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Word of the day deteriorar
vt
los conflictos laborales han deteriorado nuestras relaciones = the labor disputes have damaged our relations …
Cultural fact of the day

Palacio de Oriente, also known as the Palacio Real, is the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family. The Royal Family now lives in the Palacio de la Zarzuela, on the outskirts of Madrid.