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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.
I think she’ll be all right because she’s very tough.
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.
The tool is made from a very tough and resilient steel.
a couple of tough-looking lads
He grew up in a tough inner-city neighbourhood.
A good teacher of Chinese is a tough get at the moment.
a toughly worded message
An athlete needs to show both physical and mental toughness.