adjective, tough·er, tough·est.
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Example sentences from the Web for toughness
And despite the training and toughness, the man was struggling to keep his family together.
Right, that toughness was always inside her, like the way she had given up crying.
Female candidates once had to prove their toughness above all and never mention their personal lives.The Gubernatorial Glass Ceiling—and What It Means for Hillary Clinton|Eleanor Clift|June 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Grimes is a smart person who has projected nothing but fear and uncertainty thinly veiled with endless boasts of toughness.Alison Grimes Will Have to Step It Up to Beat Mitch McConnell|Sam Youngman|November 30, 2013|DAILY BEAST
In this mood, Democrats may care a lot more about toughness and combativeness than about minute gradations of progressiveness.How Obama is Setting the Stage for Hillary in 2016|David Frum|September 15, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The king's men then attempted to cut up the boar, but failed, owing to the toughness of his hide.The Old-Fashioned Fairy Book|Constance Cary Harrison
The latter gives steel its toughness, and enables it to resist greater heat without crystallizing and thus losing its temper.Earth and Sky Every Child Should Know|Julia Ellen Rogers
What fine old days those were, when the toughness of skin matched so wonderfully the stoutness of heart!The Gentle Reader|Samuel McChord Crothers
The birch looked tolerably climbable and was amply high; as to toughness, he thought not about it.Idolatry|Julian Hawthorne
They are not, however, as palatable and differ as to toughness and other physical characteristics.Human Foods and Their Nutritive Value|Harry Snyder
British Dictionary definitions for toughness (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for toughness (2 of 2)
Derived forms of toughtoughish, adjectivetoughly, adverb
Word Origin for tough
Idioms and Phrases with toughness
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