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tough

adjective [-er/-est only]  us   /tʌf/

tough adjective [-er/-est only] (STRONG)

not easily broken, weakened, or defeated; strong: These toys are made of tough plastic. You have to be tough to be successful in politics. The police are getting tougher on illegal parking. Results or actions that are tough are severe and determined: Tough new safety standards for cars are being introduced this week.

tough adjective [-er/-est only] (DIFFICULT)

difficult to do or deal with: They will be a tough team to beat. We’ve had to make some very tough decisions. It’s going to be a tough winter. Food that is tough is difficult to cut or eat: a tough steak

tough adjective [-er/-est only] (VIOLENT)

likely to be violent or to contain violence: a tough guy a tough neighborhood
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