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toughie

or tough·y

[ tuhf-ee ]
/ ˈtʌf i /
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noun, plural tough·ies.Informal.

a tough person, especially one who is belligerent: The sheriff was a local toughie with very little patience for outsiders.
a difficult problem or situation: That math test was a real toughie!
a harsh or blunt book, movie, etc.

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Origin of toughie

First recorded in 1920–25; tough + -ie
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