1. tough - noun
· someone who learned to fight in the streets rather than being formally trained in the sport of boxing
2. tough - noun
· an aggressive and violent young criminal
3. tough - noun
· a cruel and brutal fellow
4. tough - adjective
· not given to gentleness or sentimentality; "a tough character"
5. tough - adjective
· very difficult; severely testing stamina or resolution; "a rugged competitive examination"; "the rugged conditions of frontier life"; "the competition was tough"; "it's a tough life"; "it was a tough job"
6. tough - adjective
· physically toughened; "the tough bottoms of his feet"
7. tough - adjective
· substantially made or constructed; "sturdy steel shelves"; "sturdy canvas"; "a tough all-weather fabric"; "some plastics are as tough as metal"
8. tough - adjective
· violent and lawless; "the more ruffianly element"; "tough street gangs"
9. tough - adjective
· feeling physical discomfort or pain (`tough' is occasionally used colloquially for `bad'); "my throat feels bad"; "she felt bad all over"; "he was feeling tough after a restless night"
10. tough - adjective
· resistant to cutting or chewing
11. tough - adjective
· unfortunate or hard to bear; "had hard luck"; "a tough break"
12. tough - adjective
· making great mental demands; hard to comprehend or solve or believe; "a baffling problem"; "I faced the knotty problem of what to have for breakfast"; "a problematic situation at home"
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