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1tough/ˈtʌf/adjective
toughertoughest
1tough
/ˈtʌf/
adjective
toughertoughest
Learner's definition of TOUGH  
: very difficult to do or deal with— often followed by to + verb
: physically and emotionally strong: able to do hard work, to deal with harsh conditions, etc.
   b : physically strong and violent
: strong and not easily broken or damaged
   b : difficult to cut or chew
: very strict
: having a lot of crime or danger
: hard to influence or persuade
informal : unfortunate in a way that seems unfair— often used in an ironic way to show that you do not feel sympathy for someone
— see also tough luck at 1luck

(as) tough as nails

— see 1nail

(as) tough as old boots

British, informal
: very tough

a tough act to follow

— see follow

a tough nut (to crack)

— see nut

a tough row to hoe

— see 1row

hang tough

— see 1hang

— toughly

adverb

— toughness

noun,[noncount]
2tough/ˈtʌf/verb
toughstoughedtoughing
2tough
/ˈtʌf/
verb
toughstoughedtoughing
Learner's definition of TOUGH  

tough it out

informal
: to deal with a difficult situation by being determined and refusing to quit
3tough/ˈtʌf/noun
pluraltoughs
3tough
/ˈtʌf/
noun
pluraltoughs
Learner's definition of TOUGH  
[count]informal + old-fashioned
: a tough and violent person
4tough/ˈtʌf/adverb
4tough
/ˈtʌf/
adverb
Learner's definition of TOUGH  
: in a way that shows that you are strong or tough
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