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tough

adjective (DIFFICULT)    /tʌf/
B2 difficult to do or to deal with: They've had an exceptionally tough life . They will be a tough team to beat . The company is going through a tough time at the moment . We've had to make some very tough decisions . My boss has given me a tough job / assignment . Many homeless people are facing a tough winter .Complicated and difficult to doDifficult to understand toughly     /ˈtʌf.li/ adverb These boots are very toughly (= strongly ) made. The newspaper published a toughly worded article about racist behaviour . We live in a toughly competitive world .Physically strong and powerful toughness     /ˈtʌf.nəs/ C2 She has a reputation for toughness (= being strong and determined ). They can't face the toughness of the competition .ComplexityDifficult to understandPower and intensityEnergy, force and power
(Definition of tough adjective (DIFFICULT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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