(as) tough as old boots

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of (as) tough as old boots

British, informal
: very tough
  • This steak is as tough as old boots.
  • Don't worry about her—she's as tough as old boots.

Word by Word Definitions

tough play
  1. : difficult to accomplish, resolve, endure, or deal with

  2. : capable of enduring strain, hardship, or severe labor

  3. : unruly, rowdyish

  1. : in a tough manner (see 1tough)

  1. : a tough and violent person : rowdy

  1. : to bear unflinchingly : endure

old play
  1. : dating from the remote past : ancient

  2. : persisting from an earlier time

  3. : of long standing

  1. : one of a specified age

  2. : old or earlier time

boots play
  1. : a servant who shines shoes especially in a hotel


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