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(of a person, animal or material) Able to withstand physical hardship, strain, or exposure
“David Dunn is a tough, superhuman vigilante that can also see the crimes people have committed just by having physical contact with them.”
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Demonstrating a strict and uncompromising approach
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“The coalition makes no apologies for taking a tough approach to crime.”
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Difficult and requiring determination or effort
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“Some very tough work will be required to complete this demanding project on time.”
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Grim or severe in nature
“Having to commute long distances to get to the factory was a tough way to make a living.”
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Able to endure hardship or pain
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“It is important to remain tough in the face of any obstacles that life may throw at you.”
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Requiring exceptional nous or caution in performance or handling
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“This is a tough issue that must be really thought through.”
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(of a place) Prone to violence or disturbance
“I learned to be street-smart after growing up in a tough neighborhood.”
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(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.”
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Not favored by fortune
“It was just tough luck that we got to the intersection at the moment the lights turned red.”
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Consisting of matter all through
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(of a person) Being strong and healthy
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Not compliant
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Callous and toughened by experience
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Spirited or plucky
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Rude and unpleasant in manner
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Insensitive to criticism or insults
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Serving to repress or suppress
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Aggressively vigorous or forceful
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Having or showing a tendency to be easily annoyed or angered
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Very severe or serious
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Behaving or done in a determined and forceful way
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(of an environment or conditions) Harsh or inhospitable
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Inedible
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Cross-country
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(of a person) Making others work hard or meet high standards
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Having a thick, sticky consistency between solid and liquid
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Capable of resisting a storm
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Having a tough, hard texture like leather
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Of considerable importance or seriousness
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Offering little reward, substance, or nourishment
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Having or displaying ill will
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Of or relating to utility
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Complete, total
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Of high quality, particularly good
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Worthy of high praise
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Difficult to understand or deal with
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Rough
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Tending to misbehave or act badly
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Wishing to do one's work or duty well and thoroughly
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Not influenced by strong emotion, and so able to be rational and impartial
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A rough and violent person
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“He told me he was a young tough from the streets of Chicago.”
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A rough, bad-mannered, or generally reprehensible person
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A person legally committed to prison as a punishment for a crime or while awaiting trial
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