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Synonyms for tough

Synonyms for tough

physically toughened so as to have great endurance

capable of exerting considerable effort or of withstanding considerable stress or hardship

not easy to do, achieve, or master

marked by vigorous physical exertion

rigorous and unsparing in treating others

indicating or possessing determination, resolution, or persistence

a rough, violent person who engages in destructive actions

a person who treats others violently and roughly, especially for hire

tough out: to carry on through despite hardships

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someone who learned to fight in the streets rather than being formally trained in the sport of boxing

an aggressive and violent young criminal

not given to gentleness or sentimentality

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very difficult

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physically toughened

substantially made or constructed

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violent and lawless

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feeling physical discomfort or pain ('tough' is occasionally used colloquially for 'bad')

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resistant to cutting or chewing

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unfortunate or hard to bear

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making great mental demands

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We made the tough decision to patiently wait until the business climate returned to normal, and for those of us in North America and Europe, the result was a decrease in the industry by over 50%.
Their slogan at the next election should be "We gave you the Human Rights Act so we could be tough on the victims of crime.
It begins with a cross country run, dodging electric fences and then the pack of "tough guys" and "wet necks" come across the first of the 16 obstacles, including the Vietcong Tunnels, Dragon Pool and Flanders Field.
Gary Gallas, president of Andrews Decal Company in Chicago, IL, USA, says, "Products that we have printed have been used on power tools, sporting goods, some toys, and some outdoor power equipment like lawn mowers and snow throwers." He also cites heating and ventilation systems, consumer type electronics and some vehicle applications, such as parking registration stickers for outdoor use, as applications for tough duty labels.
The idea that Americans might be more compassionate about immigrants than they let on is a tough one for hard-liners to comprehend.
More balanced compensation of cash and share-related rewards helps to keep all directors representing all the shareholders and doing their job, even when times are tough and options on common stock look worthless.
This is tough, comfy very practical stuff, with all the right pockets, flaps and hidden ideas you can actually really use.
"There was a lot of questioning and crazy rhetoric that the bill would slam the door on all future shareholder lawsuits," he says, citing Cox's tough stance in the face of enormous pressure from the House Commerce Committee while preparing his shareholder bill back in 1995.
But let it be known--the major threat to survival is not increasingly tough competition or even aging facilities (OK, it's that too).
Men, on the other hand, are encouraged from boyhood to be tough and thick-skinned and to hide their softer emotions.
Designed for industrial use, Rust Tough acrylic alkyd enamel is a high-solids maintenance coating that can be applied direct-to-metal on new and clean substrates.
In her memoir, Front Row at the White House, she writes, "When it comes to the Presidential news conference, I have never lost my sense of awe that I am able to quiz a President of the United States--politely I hope, but if necessary to hold his feet to the fire." Elsewhere in the book, she quotes Richard Nixon as telling her, "You always ask tough questions, tough questions not in the sense of being unfair, but hard to generalize the answers."
The title of this article, "When the going gets tough ...
The precipitating cause is a tough and determined stand by the Bush Administration for stronger regulation.
'Tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime' was coined by Tony Blair and Alun Michael, when they ran the Shadow Home Office team in the early 1990s.