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Definition of "tough" []

  • Able to withstand great strain without tearing or breaking; strong and resilient: a tough all-weather fabric. (adjective)
  • Hard to cut or chew: tough meat. (adjective)
  • Physically hardy; rugged: tough mountaineers; a tough cop. (adjective)
  • Severe; harsh: a tough winter. (adjective)
  • Aggressive; pugnacious. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "tough" in a sentence
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