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adverb American English pronunciation: tough /tʌf/ 
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comparativetougher
superlativetoughest
  1. in a way that shows you are determined, strong, or not afraid
    act/talk etc. tough:

    This team can play tough when it has to.

This is the American English definition of tough. View British English definition of tough.