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tough (n):
a cruel and brutal fellow
Related Words: bullyruffian
tough (n):
an aggressive and violent young criminal
Related Word: strong-armer
tough (n):
someone who learned to fight in the streets rather than being formally trained in the sport of boxing
tough (s):
feeling physical discomfort or pain (`tough' is occasionally used colloquially for `bad')
Samples
my throat feels bad.
she felt bad all over.
he was feeling tough after a restless night

Related Word: bad
tough (s):
substantially made or constructed
Samples
sturdy steel shelves.
sturdy canvas.
a tough all-weather fabric.
some plastics are as tough as metal

Related Word: sturdy
tough (s):
making great mental demands; hard to comprehend or solve or believe
Samples
a baffling problem.
I faced the knotty problem of what to have for breakfast.
a problematic situation at home

Related Words: knottyproblematicproblematical
tough (s):
very difficult; severely testing stamina or resolution
Samples
a rugged competitive examination.
the rugged conditions of frontier life.
the competition was tough.
it's a tough life.
it was a tough job

Related Words: rugged
tough (s):
unfortunate or hard to bear
Samples
had hard luck.
a tough break

Related Word: hard
tough (a):
resistant to cutting or chewing
tough (a):
physically toughened
Samples
the tough bottoms of his feet
tough (a):
not given to gentleness or sentimentality
Samples
a tough character
tough (s):
violent and lawless
Samples
the more ruffianly element.
tough street gangs

Related Word: ruffianly
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