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He’s having a really tough time at the moment.
It was a tough decision to move to London.
Many companies are facing tough competition.
a tough businesswoman
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.
This is the British English definition of tough. View American English definition of tough.