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(of a person, animal or material) Able to withstand physical hardship, strain, or exposure
“Denim is made from tough material stitched to fit your lower limbs.”
Demonstrating a strict and uncompromising approach
“The coalition makes no apologies for taking a tough approach to crime.”
Difficult and requiring determination or effort
“Some very tough work will be required to complete this demanding project on time.”
Grim or severe in nature
“Having to commute long distances to get to the factory was a tough way to make living.”
Able to endure hardship or pain
“It is important to remain tough in the face of any obstacles that life may throw at you.”
Requiring exceptional nous or caution in performance or handling
“This is a tough issue that must be really thought through.”
(of a place) Prone to violence or disturbance
“I learned to be street-smart after growing up in a tough neighborhood.”
(of edible substances) Having a pliable or springy texture when chewed
“If you don't mind your steak being a little tough, you may wish to have it cooked rare.”
Not favored by fortune
“It was just tough luck that we got to the intersection at the moment the lights turned red.”
A rough and violent person
“He told me he was a young tough from the streets of Chicago.”
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