adjective, tough·er, tough·est.
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Idioms for tough
Origin of tough
OTHER WORDS FROM tough
Example sentences from the Web for tough
“The closer we get to ‘16, the tougher it’s going to be, so I hope we start quickly,” he said.Can This Republican Bring the GOP Back to Its Senses on Immigration?|Tim Mak|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Have a kid here –what some pejoratively refer to as an “anchor baby” – and it is tougher to be deported.The Progressive Case Against Birthright Citizenship|Keli Goff|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Tougher regulations on tank cars and oil-by-rail make sense.
The good doctor gave as good as he got in one of the tougher interview environments around.
Political pressure was mounting tonight from veteran Conservative politicians on Cameron to take much tougher action against IS.Will The Latest ISIS Beheading Move Britain To Tougher Action?|Jamie Dettmer|September 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But our forebears were composed of less delicate nerves and tougher thews and sinews than ourselves.The Portsmouth Road and Its Tributaries|Charles G. Harper
Mrs Mason worked away as hard as any of them; but she was older and tougher; and, besides, the gains were hers.Ruth|Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
In metal bridges wrought iron has been replaced by mild steel—a stronger, tougher and better material.
But in none of his stories did Alger ever portray a tougher background or give it a bigger skyrocket finish.David Lannarck, Midget|George S. Harney
You look tougher than ever, and here am I growing palpably old.Paul Patoff|F. Marion Crawford
British Dictionary definitions for tough
Derived forms of toughtoughish, adjectivetoughly, adverb
Word Origin for tough
Idioms and Phrases with tough
In addition to the idioms beginning with tough
- tough break
- tough it out
- tough nut
- tough row to hoe
- tough sledding
- get tough
- gut (tough) it out
- hang tough
- hard (tough) act to follow
- hard (tough) nut to crack