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The report contained tough criticism of the company's management style.
She's campaigning for tough new laws on industrial pollution.
The new mayor promises to be tough on crime.
She promised to get tough with people who claim benefits fraudulently.
We must take a tough stance against terrorism.
a toughly worded message
An athlete needs to show both physical and mental toughness.
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