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tough

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1 not easily chewed

  • her steak was so tough that she suggested the waiter use it as a hockey puck
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5 requiring exceptional skill or caution in performance or handling

  • handled a tough situation with the aplomb and tact of a true diplomat
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strong, stout, sturdy, stalwart, tough, tenacious mean showing power to resist or to endure. strong may imply power derived from muscular vigor, large size, structural soundness, intellectual or spiritual resources.
    • strong arms
    • the defense has a strong case
stout suggests an ability to endure stress, pain, or hard use without giving way.
    • stout hiking boots
sturdy implies strength derived from vigorous growth, determination of spirit, solidity of construction.
    • a sturdy table
    • people of sturdy independence
stalwart suggests an unshakable dependability.
    • stalwart environmentalists
tough implies great firmness and resiliency.
    • a tough political opponent
tenacious suggests strength in seizing, retaining, clinging to, or holding together.
    • tenacious farmers clinging to an age-old way of life

tough

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a violent, brutal person who is often a member of an organized gang

  • didn't want her son hanging out with the neighborhood toughs
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