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  • n  someone who learned to fight in the streets rather than being formally trained in the sport of boxing
  • n  an aggressive and violent young criminal
  • n  a cruel and brutal fellow
  • a  not given to gentleness or sentimentality
    a tough character
  • s  very difficult; severely testing stamina or resolution
    the competition was tough
    it's a tough life
    it was a tough job
  • a  physically toughened
    the tough bottoms of his feet
  • s  substantially made or constructed
    a tough all-weather fabric
    some plastics are as tough as metal
  • s  violent and lawless
    tough street gangs
  • s  feeling physical discomfort or pain (`tough' is occasionally used colloquially for `bad')
    he was feeling tough after a restless night
  • a  resistant to cutting or chewing
  • s  unfortunate or hard to bear
    a tough break
  • s  making great mental demands; hard to comprehend or solve or believe

  • And while the debates don't often change the votes of other members, Durbin's tough questioning of his colleagues and his willingness to defend his own proposals clarify and .
  • Mark Clothier and John Helyar have written a fine Bloomberg article about tough times in Ridgewood, NJ, that doesn't seem to be available anywhere on the Bloomberg site but is .
  • A Florida juvenile offender's death has Governor Jeb Bush and his state's tough-love justice programs under assault.
News & Articles

  • W. Volleyball. Kansas Releases Tough 2013 Volleyball Schedule
    Prepped to build on the momentum created by a highlight-reel 2012 season, Kansas volleyball's tough 2013 schedule includes 14 matches against teams that played in the 2012 NCAA Tournament, head coach Ray Bechard announced Monday.
    June 17, 2013 - Kansas Jayhawks
  • Morsi's new tough tone on Syria raises concerns of a nod to jihadi fighters
    CAIRO — Under Hosni Mubarak's rule, Egypt's authorities took a tough line on Egyptians coming home after waging "jihad" in places like Afghanistan, Chechnya or the Balkans, fearing they would bring back extremist ideology, combat experience and a thirst for regime change.
    June 16, 2013 - Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune
  • Tough New Gun Laws Drive Gun Makers To Move
    Six months after the school shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Connecticut is one of a handful of states that have passed tough new gun laws. Firearms manufacturers in at least two of those states are planning to move their operations elsewhere.
    June 14, 2013 - NPR

  • LeBron James in CNBC
    This fall, and it's very tough,James said to a national TV audience. "I'm going to take my talents to South Beach and join the Miami Heat."
  • Wesley Sneijder in
    Sneijder, who's deflected goal gave Holland a crucial 2-1 lead said: "This is unforgettable". "It was a tough fight and towards the end we complicated matters. Sunday, we play in the World Cup final. I have to get used to that."
  • David Petraeus in USA Today
    My sense is that the tough fighting will continue,he said at his Senate confirmation hearing, after which he was approved in a 99-0 vote. "It may get more intense in the next few months."

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