Tough

Definition of Tough

a.1.Having the quality of flexibility without brittleness; yielding to force without breaking; capable of resisting great strain; as, the ligaments of animals are remarkably tough.
2.Not easily broken; able to endure hardship; firm; strong; - of objects and people; as, tough sinews.
A body made of brass, the crone demands, . . .
Tough to the last, and with no toil to tire.
- Dryden.
The basis of his character was caution combined with tough tenacity of purpose.
- J. A. Symonds.
3.Not easily separated; viscous; clammy; tenacious; as, tough phlegm.
4.Stiff; rigid; not flexible; stubborn; as, a tough bow.
So tough a frame she could not bend.
- Dryden.
5.Severe; violent; as, a tough storm.
6.Difficult to do, perform, or accomplish; as, a tough job.
7.Prone to aggressive or violent behavior; rowdyish; - of people, or groups; as, a tough neighborhood; a tough character.
To make it tough
to make it a matter of difficulty; to make it a hard matter.
- Chaucer.
n.1.A person who is tough{7}; a ruffian; a thug; as, a cluster of neighborhood toughs hanging out on the corner.

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