when the going gets tough

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Definition of when the going gets tough

: when it becomes difficult to continue or to make progress What will you do when the going gets tough?

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when the going gets tough, the tough get going

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“When the going gets tough.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/when%20the%20going%20gets%20tough. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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