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

    The Man in the Twilight

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  • 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
  • The truth began to dawn on me that a fellow has to be a "tough guy" to motor in these parts.

  • 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.

  • One big chap had my hat cocked on his head at the “tough guy” angle as if he had worn one all his life.

    Up the Mazaruni for Diamonds

    William La Varre

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