when the going gets tough

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of when the going gets tough

: when it becomes difficult to continue or to make progress
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Word by Word Definitions

going play
  1. : an act or instance of going

  2. : behavior, actions

  3. : the condition of the ground (as for walking)

  1. : that goes

  2. : working, moving

  3. : living, existing

get play gets
  1. : to gain possession of

  2. : to receive as a return : earn

  3. : to obtain by concession or entreaty

  1. : something begotten:

  2. : offspring

  3. : the entire progeny of a male animal

  1. : a document of release from obligation in Jewish law

  2. : a religious divorce by Jewish law

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


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