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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

References in periodicals archive ?
With so many communication channels and our heavy reliance on the World Wide Web, ideas have never been so toughly tested.
Peter Hain said: "If people are on our streets inciting terrorism or promoting suicide bombings, they should be dealt with toughly and firmly, and they will be.
In a toughly contested bid, the organisation selected Thomson Elite to consolidate nearly 20 inherited and incumbent systems currently in operation throughout its U.
By the end of June, wildfires had consumed toughly 2 million acres of land in the West.
My favorite factoid: Seeds of the honey locust tree are so toughly coated that they will not sprout for gardeners unless the outer layer is mechanically cracked or the seed dipped into sulfuric acid.
Tunisia has enhanced its internal stability by applying careful policies which involved (a) cultivating Western geo-economic and geo-political alliances while strengthening ties with Maghreb neighbours, (b) rejecting and dealing toughly with Islamic militancy, (c) implementing economic liberalisation measures in a socially acceptable way but broadly in line with IMF recommendations, and (d) drawing up incentives that have succeeded in attracting foreign investors into the country.
The choreography had a free-associative, non-sequitur structure, and was danced by Marketa Pizakova and Yuval Pick in the brilliant, toughly erotic style characteristic not only of Lyon Opera Ballet but also of several other European companies.
Pius' toughly worded encyclical, Humani Generis (1950), insisted that once the pope takes a stand on a disputed point, it can no longer be the subject of discussion among theologians.
After an introduction by the editors and a toughly technical essay by Kristin Hanson and Paul Kiparsky on the nature of verse and its consequences for the mixed form, there are essays on prosimetrum in the classical tradition by Jan Ziolkowski; in Aucassin et Nicolette and other medieval French examples by Ardis Butterfield; in Insular Celtic literature by Proinsias Mac Cana; in Icelandic saga by Joseph Harris; in German Romanticism by Judith Ryan; in the cante fable and occidental folk narrative by W.
Liksom writes toughly too, in the Lapland Finnish dialect "mean kieli," which is uncompromisingly direct, hard even for urban Finns.
Clark's most ringing chapter is his last, in which he sees Warren "renegotiating" the covenant of the Founders, toughly updating a history lesson always in danger of being forgotten: that "psychic and social amelioration depends upon establishing a dynamic working relationship with the past.
The UK first time buyers market remains, for the time being at least, a sellers market, with lenders able to pick and choose their clients, competing toughly only for the best borrowers with the largest deposits and strongest credit scores.
He responded very toughly to the cretinous Georgian attack on Russian peacekeeping troops in South Ossetia in 2008, but he didn't start that war.
He recalled that he had appealed to the leadership of the Internal Ministry and Security Service of Ukraine to collect evidence of the involvement of the Russian Federation to the financing of terrorism "after the terrible events in Mariupol, when Russian terrorists killed and wounded civilians": "Evidence of the involvement of the Russian Federation to the funding of terrorism and bringing Russia to justice at the UN International Court of Justice - calmly, clearly, step-by-step and toughly.
Bannu, a team defeated Abbottabad in the toughly contestant semi-final, played well and made some good attacking moves but due to poor finishing and excellent display of Peshawar goal-keeper Junaid they were unable to score a goal.