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Definitions of tough:
  • noun:   a cruel and brutal fellow
  • noun:   someone who learned to fight in the streets rather than being formally trained in the sport of boxing
  • noun:   an aggressive and violent young criminal
  • adjective:   tough to cut or chew
  • adjective:   physically toughened
    Example: "The tough bottoms of his feet"
  • adjective:   not given to gentleness or sentimentality
    Example: "A tough character"
  • adjective:   violent and lawless
    Example: "Tough street gangs"
  • adjective:   feeling physical discomfort or pain (`tough' is occasionally used colloquially for `bad')
    Example: "He was feeling tough after a restless night"
  • adjective:   substantially made or constructed
    Example: "A tough all-weather fabric"
  • adjective:   very difficult; severely testing stamina or resolution
    Example: "The competition was tough"
  • adjective:   unfortunate or hard to bear
    Example: "A tough break"

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