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toughy

[tuhf-ee]
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noun, plural tough·ies.
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toughie

or tough·y

[tuhf-ee]
noun Informal.
  1. a tough person, especially one who is belligerent.
  2. a difficult problem or situation: That math test was a real toughie!
  3. a harsh or blunt book, movie, etc.
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Origin of toughie

First recorded in 1920–25; tough + -ie
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples

  • Toughy has gone to the Doctor's to get a bottle of stuff for a sick woman, but will be here anon.

    Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Vol. V, No. XXIX., October, 1852

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  • Toughy has gone to the doctor's to get a bottle of stuff for a sick woman but will be here anon.

    Bleak House

    Charles Dickens