He knew his time was coming, and he dealt with it with toughness, grace, and humor.
First, his China policy is showing the right mix of openness and toughness.
I think what happened, was that he became so popular—this is my own theory—they gave his cruelty and his toughness to Donald Duck.
Grimes is a smart person who has projected nothing but fear and uncertainty thinly veiled with endless boasts of toughness.
That toughness leaked onto the basketball court during a friendly run featuring the president over Thanksgiving.
Such conditions are brought about by an excess of hardness or toughness of the rock for the traffic.
This is only a sample of its toughness and resisting power all along the line.
Siliceous materials, those composed of flint or quartz, although hard, are brittle and deficient in toughness.
The toughness of aluminum can be increased by adding a small per cent.
The play in him has all run to “toughness,” and has first to be restored.
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+)