So let's face reality, and make some tough decisions about who we want to be jobless: the relatively old or the very young.
“He was a tough man and I had faith that work was keeping him away,” she says.
It is an illusion to think that those fleeing from war and poverty can become discouraged in the face of tough laws.
What we need—now more than ever—are voices encouraging both sides to make the tough concessions required for peace.
But I ran to do the tough things—the right things—no matter the politics.
Even when they did pick out novels, they were just as tough as the history books.
"It's going to be a tough planet for a long time," he said thoughtfully.
Dont you remember last night I remarked how tough was that one we had for dinner?
These are tough times, Doctor, and if you need any help you must let me know.
For anchorage there was a tough, fair-sized shrub close to the wall.
Old English toh "difficult to break or chew," from Proto-Germanic *tankhuz (cf. Middle Low German tege, Middle Dutch taey, Dutch taai, Old High German zach, German zäh). See rough for spelling change.
Figurative sense of "strenuous, difficult, hard to beat" is first recorded c.1200; that of "hard to do, trying, laborious" is from 1610s. Verb tough it "endure the experience" is first recorded 1830, American English. Tough guy first recorded 1932. Tough-minded first recorded 1907 in William James. Tough luck first recorded 1912; tough shit is from 1946.
"street ruffian," 1866, American English, from tough (adj.).
A hard and menacing person (1866+)