street fighter, tough(noun)
someone who learned to fight in the streets rather than being formally trained in the sport of boxing
hood, hoodlum, goon, punk, thug, tough, toughie, strong-armer(noun)
an aggressive and violent young criminal
goon, sticker, stumper, lubber, oaf, strong-armer, ruffian, stumblebum, tinder, punk, kindling, cowling, poser, exhaust hood, cowl, punk rocker, street fighter, bully, clod, yobo, thug, toughie, yob, hooligan, roughneck, spunk, yobbo, hoodlum, lummox, punk rock, lout, lump, touchwood, rowdy, lens hood, gawk, bonnet, hood, cap
bully, tough, hooligan, ruffian, roughneck, rowdy, yob, yobo, yobbo(adj)
a cruel and brutal fellow
not given to gentleness or sentimentality
"a tough character"
very difficult; severely testing stamina or resolution
"a rugged competitive examination"; "the rugged conditions of frontier life"; "the competition was tough"; "it's a tough life"; "it was a tough job"
"the tough bottoms of his feet"
substantially made or constructed
"sturdy steel shelves"; "sturdy canvas"; "a tough all-weather fabric"; "some plastics are as tough as metal"
violent and lawless
"the more ruffianly element"; "tough street gangs"
feeling physical discomfort or pain (`tough' is occasionally used colloquially for `bad')
"my throat feels bad"; "she felt bad all over"; "he was feeling tough after a restless night"
knotty, big, regretful, spoiled, ruffianly, uncollectible, risky, speculative, bad, rugged, toughened, problematic, baffling, elusive, hard, forged, defective, sturdy, sorry, spoilt, unsound, high-risk, problematical, unfit
resistant to cutting or chewing
unfortunate or hard to bear
"had hard luck"; "a tough break"
severe, knotty, arduous, grueling, ruffianly, toilsome, hard, bad, rugged, sturdy, toughened, heavy, voiceless, laborious, difficult, elusive, knockout, gruelling, intemperate, concentrated, punishing, unvoiced, problematic, operose, backbreaking, problematical, surd, strong, baffling
baffling, elusive, knotty, problematic, problematical, tough(adj)
making great mental demands; hard to comprehend or solve or believe
"a baffling problem"; "I faced the knotty problem of what to have for breakfast"; "a problematic situation at home"
subtle, gnarled, involved, knotty, problematical, debatable, ruffianly, bad, rugged, toughened, problematic, snarly, baffling, gnarly, hard, tangled, sturdy, knobbed, knotted, elusive, tortuous, convoluted, snarled
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[Colloquial.] severe (as a storm), violent
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How to use tough in a sentence?
The encouraging point is that cancer mortality continues to go down, particularly for men, but the tough part is, we're still seeing over 600,000 Americans dying of cancer every year, the good news is that we see fewer racial disparities in cancer mortality than in the past, but the bad news is, we see socioeconomic disparities in cancer mortality.
Of course things were tough at times, and the injury was in a different place from the last time, so the treatment and recovery were different too, which was irritating, but I was able to recover for the Olympics, which gives me confidence - and I think the final step before happiness is suffering.
The current rally is more durable. It is incredibly tough to go public in this market. We just didn't have this kind of scrutiny back in 2000.
It's going to be tough. It's going to be very tough. susie Wolff has to keep working hard.
That ceiling will be shattered at some time and I just think it takes the right person to do that and right now she is not the right person for me, i think she would be very vulnerable. She would be hit so hard, in so many sectors that I think it would be tough for her to win.
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- σκληρός, τραχύςGreek
- de mano dura, resistente, severoSpanish
- hankala, kova, sitkeä, vaativa, kovis, ankaraFinnish
- dur, difficileFrench
- fulangach, tapaidh, righinnScottish Gaelic
- たいへん, きつい, 辛いJapanese
- გამძლე, უხეში, მკაცრი, ხულიგანიGeorgian
- کلک, ګران, سختPashto, Pushto
- трудный, тяжкий, тяжёлый, прочный, жёсткийRussian
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