1 hard, firm, durable, long-lasting, wear-resistant, substantial, strong, stout, rugged, sturdy, sound, well-built:
Only one kind of material is tough enough to endure such conditions for so long.
2 stiff, hard, leathery, inflexible, chewy, fibrous, cartilaginous, sinewy, ropy, wiry, stringy:
That steak was as tough as shoe-leather.
3 strong, stalwart, brawny, burly, muscular, powerful, virile, manly, sturdy, doughty, intrepid, stout, rough, vigorous, strapping, athletic:
Two tough-looking characters moved towards us, so we left.
4 difficult, demanding, exacting, hard, troublesome; laborious, taxing, strenuous:
We deal with tough complaints every day. It's a tough job.
5 baffling, thorny, puzzling, perplexing, mystifying, knotty, irksome, difficult:
The examiners asked us some very tough questions.
6 stubborn, hardened, inured, obstinate, obdurate, hard, harsh, severe, stern, inflexible, refractory, intractable, adamant, unyielding, ungiving, rigid, unbending, unsentimental, unfeeling, unsympathetic, callous, hard-boiled, uncaring, cold, cool, icy, stony, Colloq hard-nosed:
He's a tough man to work for, but he's fair.
7 Colloq Too bad!, Tough luck!, Hard luck!, Brit Hard cheese!, Slang Tough titty!, Taboo Slang Tough shit!:
When I told him that my money had been stolen, he said 'Tough!'
8 bruiser, hooligan, bully (boy), rowdy, thug, ruffian, Colloq roughneck, bruiser, tough guy, gorilla:
A couple of toughs who had been threatening the cashier disappeared when they saw our uniforms.
be, seem | get
extremely, particularly, really, very | a bit, fairly, a little, pretty, quite
Things were pretty tough at first.
It's very tough on the wives when the husbands go off like that.
be | become, get
extremely, particularly, very | fairly, pretty, quite | enough
Has the government been tough enough on polluters?
The government has promised to get tough on crime.
You have to be tough with these young thugs.
be, feel, look, seem | become, get, grow | act, talk
(both informal) Then this guy started acting tough.
incredibly, really, remarkably, very | pretty, quite, reasonably | enough
Are you sure you're physically tough enough for this job?
| mentally, physically
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