talk tough

Definition of talk tough

  1. :  to say that one will act in a forceful and aggressive way When the subject is national security, all the candidates talk tough. —often + on The new mayor talks tough on crime.

Word by Word Definitions

talkplay
  1. :  to express or exchange ideas by means of spoken words

    :  to convey information or communicate in any way (as with signs or sounds)

    :  to use speech :  speak

  1. :  the act or an instance of talking :  speech

    :  a way of speaking :  language

    :  pointless or fruitless discussion :  verbiage

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

    :  capable of enduring strain, hardship, or severe labor

    :  unruly, rowdyish

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

  1. :  a tough and violent person :  rowdy

  1. :  to bear unflinchingly :  endure


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