Christie has profited in his career from being the tough guy who says it straight.
Bad things can happen when tough guy crime novelists write women.
“You ask me my motivation,” Marvin says, moving back into his tough guy persona again.
She portrays herself as more of a tough guy than she actually is.
I'm hardly what anyone would call a tough guy, but I do have five thrillers to my name that were well received.
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.
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.
Even Brock, in spite of his attitude of the tough guy watching over a little girl, was under your control to a certain degree.
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.