Synonyms for tough
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street fighter, toughnoun
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-armernoun
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, yobboadjective
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, toughadjective
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
Dictionary of English Synonymes
[Colloquial.] severe (as a storm), violent
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Just with that time frame, with the whole Michael Brown case, and the hatred toward law enforcement, our detectives are having a tough time with people coming forward and letting us know what happened.
It's a real tough situation, I'm just trying to show the kids that they do have us as their backbone and a support system, we always provide, whether there is an incident or no incident.
Nancy Pelosi got booed this morning at a California delegation, event, Bernie Sanders can't even get through a speech endorsing Hillary Clinton without getting booed, it’s very, very tough for Hillary Clinton I think.
Mr. Kraft is a first class human being who does what is right and just. His support for Israel during these tough times has been unwavering and a pillar of strength for all of us. I am usually a Washington Redskins fan, but tonight – and possibly from now on – we are all Patriots.
I think today is pretty good round for me, actually when I played in the practice round, I thought, this place is pretty tough, and also I'm pretty surprised what I'm doing today. So I'm really satisfied with my game today.
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- τραχύς, σκληρόςGreek
- de mano dura, resistente, severoSpanish
- sitkeä, ankara, kovis, vaativa, kova, hankalaFinnish
- dur, difficileFrench
- fulangach, righinn, tapaidhScottish Gaelic
- たいへん, 辛い, きついJapanese
- მკაცრი, გამძლე, ხულიგანი, უხეშიGeorgian
- ګران, سخت, کلکPashto, Pushto
- трудный, жёсткий, прочный, тяжёлый, тяжкийRussian
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