when the going gets tough, the tough get going

Definition of when the going gets tough, the tough get going

  1. —used to say that when there are problems, strong people work hard to solve them

Word by Word Definitions

goingplay
  1. :  an act or instance of going

    :  behavior, actions

    :  the condition of the ground (as for walking)

  1. :  working, moving

    :  living, existing

    :  current, prevailing

getplay gets
  1. :  to gain possession of

    :  to receive as a return :  earn

    :  to obtain by concession or entreaty

  1. :  something begotten:

    :  offspring

    :  the entire progeny of a male animal

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

    :  a bill of divorce

    :  a religious divorce by Jewish law

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

get
  1. :  to gain possession of

    :  to receive as a return :  earn

    :  to obtain by concession or entreaty

  1. :  something begotten:

    :  offspring

    :  the entire progeny of a male animal

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

    :  a bill of divorce

    :  a religious divorce by Jewish law


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