When tougher actions come from Washington, however, the sonatas will help both parties cope.
Romney served notice to the Iranians that a President Romney would follow a tougher line than a President Obama.
In 2005, his allies qualified a ballot initiative for a new, tougher spending limit.
Many in the industry believe the economics would not work: the biggest banks might have to break up to escape the tougher regime.
In every decade since the creation of the state, Israel has grown stronger, richer, tougher, and more secure.
Now here is a tougher case which opens a new element of the problem.
“And we eat him too, though his steaks are tougher than cow meat,” laughed Fil.
He got well, and he is tougher'n a biled owl, if he is eighty-six.
There is no tougher man or more resolute fighter in the Army.
The leaves are bigger, tougher, and the appendages on either side of the stalk (which botanists call the stipules) more developed.
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+)