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 deliver or express in speech :  utter

    :  to make the subject of conversation or discourse :  discuss

    :  to influence, affect, or cause by talking

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

    :  a way of speaking :  language

    :  pointless or fruitless discussion :  verbiage

toughplay
  1. :  strong or firm in texture but flexible and not brittle

    :  not easily chewed

    :  glutinous, sticky

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

  1. :  a tough and violent person :  rowdy

  1. :  to bear unflinchingly :  endure


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