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tough

adjective
 
 
/tʌf/
DIFFICULT B2 difficult: He's had a tough time at work recently. We've had to make some tough decisions.Difficult things and peoplePreventing and impeding
SEVERE Tough rules are severe: tough new laws on noise pollutionSevere
STRONG THING B2 not easily damaged, cut, etc: Children's shoes have to be tough. This meat's very tough.Physically strong and powerfulNot pleasant to eat or drink
STRONG PERSON B2 physically strong and not afraid of violence: a tough guy Physically strong and powerful
DETERMINED determined and not easily upset: You have to be tough to survive in politics.Strong-willed
UNFAIR unfair or unlucky: It can be tough on kids when parents get divorced.Good luck and bad luck
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