Difficult work or progress, as in This bill faces tough sledding in the legislature. This idiom transfers the route on which a sled can travel to other kinds of progress toward a goal. It was first recorded as hard sledding in 1839. For the antonym, see easy sledding.
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His flesh is sagging a bit, but he is still trim and looks lean, sinewy and tough.
“You ask me my motivation,” Marvin says, moving back into his tough guy persona again.
After a bunch of tough talk, this round of the hacker-on-hacker fight nevered materialized.
Although tough environmental controls were put in place in 2000, enforcement has been haphazard.
It was also an occasion for voluptuary displays of tough-mindedness.
But this paper was a very tough, fibrous substance, and would resist quite a heavy blow as well as keep out the cold.Our Little Korean Cousin|H. Lee M. Pike
"Tough—but most of us have been there, one time or another," Goodell observed sympathetically; and with that the subject rested.Raw Gold|Bertrand W. Sinclair
You know that I come of tough fiber—of that old Creole race of Pontelliers that dry up and finally blow away.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories|Kate Chopin
Another tough-looking man ran out of the building and jumped into the red car.
But it was tough on Clip to run into a relative and find him passing smoke-signals along for that prince of rascals, Dangerfield.