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Dictionary definition for: Tough

1. (n) someone who learned to fight in the streets rather than being formally trained in the sport of boxing

2. (a) not given to gentleness or sentimentality; "a tough character"

3. (n) an aggressive and violent young criminal

4. (s) 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"

5. (n) a cruel and brutal fellow

6. (a) physically toughened; "the tough bottoms of his feet"

7. (s) substantially made or constructed; "sturdy steel shelves" "sturdy canvas" "a tough all-weather fabric" "some plastics are as tough as metal"

8. (s) violent and lawless; "the more ruffianly element" "tough street gangs"

9. (s) 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. (a) tough to cut or chew

11. (s) unfortunate or hard to bear; "had hard luck" "a tough break"

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