Definition of 'tough'
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Your new love has a tough job and unusual pets. The Sun (2016)It is time to be tough on knife crime and tough on the causes of knife crime. Times, Sunday Times (2017)This was a tough game for the back row. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Sprint races take that real tough endurance element out. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Playing their music in front of tens of thousands of people is a tough job to give up. The Sun (2016)POLICE are to get tough new powers to protect stalking victims. The Sun (2016)He said it remained the toughest manoeuvre, and he had often seen stunt men preparing at the top with shaky knees. Times, Sunday Times (2016)A tough deal for the City would mean pain across the country. Times, Sunday Times (2016)He said: 'It is a tough league and you can see how tight it is from top to bottom. The Sun (2016)The richest learning comes from when people give tough feedback. Times, Sunday Times (2006)You back a tougher clamp on the benefits bill. The Sun (2015)This is a rough and tough agenda. Market-led Strategic Change (1991)It was a really tough game and we won the battle. The Sun (2014)They are now forced to get tough about controlling crime in an attempt to regain lost legitimacy. The Politics of Redress - crime, punishment and penal abolition (1989)Now fears are mounting officials will be under pressure to take a tougher line during matches. The Sun (2014)We are getting tough with those few irresponsible retailers. Times, Sunday Times (2007)We will hang tough until the end. Times, Sunday Times (2009)They will always have some successes but we can make their job a little tougher. Times, Sunday Times (2014)You saw how strong and tough he was. Times, Sunday Times (2010)We know it will be a tough game for us. The Sun (2006)The underlying trend is tough and will remain that way. Times, Sunday Times (2006)Now his tough stand has paid off. The Sun (2006)We show how to maintain your lifestyle when times are tough. Times, Sunday Times (2008)He bowls himself in tough situations and backs his ability. The Sun (2008)The way he handled us proved he is a tough and determined man when it comes to business. Times, Sunday Times (2009)It can deal with the tough stuff early and have time to get it right before the next election. Times, Sunday Times (2011)Had a tough day at work? Christianity Today (2000)He is durable, tough and people expected him to cause me a lot of problems. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Not that the competition is tough, given the behaviour of some of his peers. Times, Sunday Times (2007)He said: 'It was tough. The Sun (2008)
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Translations for 'tough'
British English: tough /tʌf/ ADJECTIVE
A tough person has a strong character and can tolerate difficulty or hardship.
He built up a reputation as a tough businessman.
- American English: tough
- Arabic: قَاسٍ
- Brazilian Portuguese: resistente
- Chinese: 强硬的
- Croatian: čvrst
- Czech: pevný
- Danish: barsk
- Dutch: taai
- European Spanish: fuerte resistente
- Finnish: vahva
- French: dur ferme
- German: zäh
- Greek: σκληρός
- Italian: duro
- Japanese: 丈夫な
- Korean: 질긴
- Norwegian: tøff
- Polish: nieustępliwy
- European Portuguese: resistente
- Romanian: dur
- Russian: жесткий
- Spanish: fuerte
- Swedish: tuff
- Thai: ที่ทนทาน
- Turkish: sağlam
- Ukrainian: жорсткий
- Vietnamese: gai góc
Definition of tough from the Collins English Dictionary
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