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Definition of Tough


  1. Having the quality of flexibility without brittleness; yielding to force without breaking; capable of resisting great strain; as, the ligaments of animals are remarkably tough.
  2. Not easily broken; able to endure hardship; firm; strong; as, tough sinews.
  3. Not easily separated; viscous; clammy; tenacious; as, tough phlegm.
  4. Stiff; rigid; not flexible; stubborn; as, a tough bow.
  5. Severe; violent; as, a tough storm.

Tough Quotations

You're going to go through tough times - that's life. But I say, 'Nothing happens to you, it happens for you.' See the positive in negative events.
Joel Osteen

Never give up, and be confident in what you do. There may be tough times, but the difficulties which you face will make you more determined to achieve your objectives and to win against all the odds.

Few things in the world are more powerful than a positive push. A smile. A world of optimism and hope. A 'you can do it' when things are tough.
Richard M. DeVos

Being a teen can be tough. Just try to surround yourself with really good friends that really have your back, and also be a really good friend to those who really care about you. If you're not sure about certain things, talk to your friends that you trust and your family.
Victoria Justice

I have been up against tough competition all my life. I wouldn't know how to get along without it.
Walt Disney
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Tough Translations

tough in Italian is ostinato
tough in Latin is durus, lentus
tough in Spanish is robusto, contumaz, pendenciero
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