Meaning of “when the going gets rough/tough” in the English Dictionary

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"when the going gets rough/tough" in British English

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when the going gets rough/tough

when a situation becomes difficult or unpleasant:

I run the farm on my own but a local boy helps me out when the going gets tough.

(Definition of “when the going gets rough/tough” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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