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tough guy

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tough guy

noun phrase

A menacing man; bimbo, hoodlum, roughneck, toughie: Bogart used to play tough guys a lot (entry form and baby 1932+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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  • The truth began to dawn on me that a fellow has to be a "tough guy" to motor in these parts.

  • They guessed Bat was a tough guy who'd boosted him out—some way.

    The Man in the Twilight Ridgwell Cullum
  • There used to be a tough guy over there,—a staff sergeant, he was—that gave lectures on military morals in a deep bass voice.

    The Machine That Saved The World William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • Even Brock, in spite of his attitude of the tough guy watching over a little girl, was under your control to a certain degree.

    A Spaceship Named McGuire Gordon Randall Garrett
  • One tough guy in the Sugar Creek territory was enough to keep us all on the lookout all the time for different kinds of trouble.

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