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toughie

or toughy

[tuhf-ee] /ˈtʌf i/
noun, Informal.
1.
a tough person, especially one who is belligerent.
2.
a difficult problem or situation:
That math test was a real toughie!
3.
a harsh or blunt book, movie, etc.
Origin of toughie
1920-1925
1920-25; tough + -ie

toughy

[tuhf-ee] /ˈtʌf i/
noun, plural toughies.
1.
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toughie

noun

  1. A menacing person, esp a man; tough, tough guy: getting the toughies off the streets/ That servant will talk her out of it. She's a toughie (1929+)
  2. Something difficult; a severe test: This is a toughie/ has
  3. toughies barring its way to a perfect season (1945+)
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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