tough

tough
tough1 [ tʌf ] adjective ***
▸ 1 difficult
▸ 2 able to deal with things
▸ 3 confident/determined
▸ 4 very strict/severe
▸ 5 food: hard to cut/chew
▸ 6 hard to break/damage
▸ 7 likely to be violent
▸ 8 with crime/violence
▸ + PHRASES
1. ) difficult:
He's having a really tough time at the moment.
It was a tough decision to move overseas.
Many companies are facing tough competition.
2. ) strong and able to deal with difficult situations or pain:
I think she'll be all right because she's very tough.
3. ) confident and determined to get what you want:
a tough businessman
4. ) very strict and severe:
The report contained tough criticism of the company's management style.
She's campaigning for tough new laws on industrial pollution.
be tough on: The new mayor intends to be tough on crime.
take a tough stance/stand: We must take a tough stance against terrorism.
get tough with (=deal with in a severe way): She promised to get tough with speeders.
5. ) food, especially meat, that is tough is very difficult to cut and CHEW
6. ) difficult to break or damage:
The tool is made from a very tough and resilient steel.
7. ) likely to behave in a violent way:
a couple of tough-looking boys
8. ) a tough place is one in which there is a lot of crime and violence:
He grew up in a tough inner-city neighborhood.
tough luck
1. ) used for saying that you have no sympathy for someone:
Well, tough luck! I'm not going to do what he wants.
2. ) used for saying that you are sorry that something bad has happened to someone:
Tough luck about your job, I hope you'll find another one soon.
tough shit IMPOLITE
used for saying that you have no sympathy for someone
╾ tough|ly adverb:
a toughly worded message
╾ tough|ness noun uncount:
An athlete needs to show both physical and mental toughness.
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tough
tough 2 [ tʌf ] verb
tough it out
to stay in a situation that is difficult because you are very determined:
I was prepared to tough it out for a while.
tough
tough 3 [ tʌf ] adverb
in a way that shows you are determined, strong, or not afraid:
act/talk etc. tough: This team can play tough when it has to.
tough
tough 4 [ tʌf ] noun count INFORMAL
a violent man, especially a violent criminal
tough
tough 5 [ tʌf ] interjection
used for saying that you have no sympathy for someone:
I wanted to come with you. Tough! You shouldn't have been late.
If they don't like my cooking, it's tough!

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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