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 for tough
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Tough \Tough\, a. [Compar. Tougher; superl. Toughest.] [OE.
     tough, AS. t[=o]h, akin to D. taai, LG. taa, tage, tau, OHG.
     z[=a]hi, G. z[aum]he, and also to AS. getenge near to, close
     to, oppressive, OS. bitengi.]
     1. Having the quality of flexibility without brittleness;
        yielding to force without breaking; capable of resisting
        great strain; as, the ligaments of animals are remarkably
        tough. "Tough roots and stubs. " --Milton.
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     2. Not easily broken; able to endure hardship; firm; strong;
        -- of objects and people; as, tough sinews. --Cowper.
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              A body made of brass, the crone demands, . . .
              Tough to the last, and with no toil to tire.
                                                    --Dryden.
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              The basis of his character was caution combined with
              tough tenacity of purpose.            --J. A.
                                                    Symonds.
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     3. Not easily separated; viscous; clammy; tenacious; as,
        tough phlegm.
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     4. Stiff; rigid; not flexible; stubborn; as, a tough bow.
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              So tough a frame she could not bend.  --Dryden.
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     5. Severe; violent; as, a tough storm. [Colloq.] " A tough
        debate. " --Fuller.
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     6. Difficult to do, perform, or accomplish; as, a tough job.
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     7. Prone to aggressive or violent behavior; rowdyish; -- of
        people, or groups; as, a tough neighborhood; a tough
        character.
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     To make it tough, to make it a matter of difficulty; to
        make it a hard matter. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  tough \tough\, n.
     A person who is tough[7]; a ruffian; a thug; as, a cluster of
     neighborhood toughs hanging out on the corner.
     [PJC]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  tough
      adj 1: not given to gentleness or sentimentality; "a tough
             character" [ant: tender]
      2: very difficult; severely testing stamina or resolution; "a
         rugged competitive examination"; "the rugged conditions of
         frontier life"; "the competition was tough"; "it's a tough
         life"; "it was a tough job" [syn: rugged, tough]
      3: physically toughened; "the tough bottoms of his feet" [syn:
         tough, toughened] [ant: tender, untoughened]
      4: substantially made or constructed; "sturdy steel shelves";
         "sturdy canvas"; "a tough all-weather fabric"; "some plastics
         are as tough as metal" [syn: sturdy, tough]
      5: violent and lawless; "the more ruffianly element"; "tough
         street gangs" [syn: ruffianly, tough]
      6: feeling physical discomfort or pain (`tough' is occasionally
         used colloquially for `bad'); "my throat feels bad"; "she
         felt bad all over"; "he was feeling tough after a restless
         night" [syn: bad, tough]
      7: resistant to cutting or chewing [ant: tender]
      8: unfortunate or hard to bear; "had hard luck"; "a tough break"
         [syn: hard, tough]
      9: making great mental demands; hard to comprehend or solve or
         believe; "a baffling problem"; "I faced the knotty problem of
         what to have for breakfast"; "a problematic situation at
         home" [syn: baffling, elusive, knotty, problematic,
         problematical, tough]
      n 1: someone who learned to fight in the streets rather than
           being formally trained in the sport of boxing [syn: street
           fighter, tough]
      2: an aggressive and violent young criminal [syn: hood,
         hoodlum, goon, punk, thug, tough, toughie,
         strong-armer]
      3: a cruel and brutal fellow [syn: bully, tough, hooligan,
         ruffian, roughneck, rowdy, yob, yobo, yobbo]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  501 Moby Thesaurus words for "tough":
     Antaeus, Atlas, Briareus, Brobdingnagian, Charles Atlas, Cyclops,
     Goliath, Herculean, Hercules, Mafioso, OK, Polyphemus, Samson,
     Spartan, Spartanic, Superman, Tarzan, Titan, Young Turk, abiding,
     abstruse, ace-high, acute, adamant, adamantine, adherent, adhesive,
     age-long, aged, amylaceous, ancient, antique, arbitrary, arduous,
     astringent, athletic, austere, authoritarian, backbreaking, bad,
     baffling, bang-up, battler, beast, beldam, belligerent,
     belted knight, berserk, berserker, beyond one, bickerer, blade,
     bomber, bony, bonzer, boss, bravo, brawler, brawny, bruiser,
     brutal, brute, bulky, bulldogged, bulldoggish, bulldoggy,
     bullheaded, bully, bullyboy, burdensome, burly, but good, callous,
     cartilaginous, cement, cemental, chewy, chronic, clabbered, clammy,
     clingy, clotted, coagulated, cohesive, cold, colossus, combatant,
     competitor, complex, complicated, concrete, confirmed, constant,
     contender, contestant, continuing, cool, coriaceous, corking,
     corneous, crabbed, crackerjack, cramp, critical, crushing, curdled,
     cutting, dandy, delicate, delicious, demanding, demon, dense,
     devil, diamondlike, difficile, difficult, disputant, diuturnal,
     doughty, doughy, dour, dragon, drastic, ducky, duelist, durable,
     dure, effortful, enduring, enforcer, evergreen, exacting,
     excessive, exigent, exorbitant, extravagant, extreme, fab, fencer,
     feuder, fibrous, fiend, fierce, fighter, fighting cock,
     fine and dandy, fire-eater, firebrand, firm, fixed, flintlike,
     flinty, foilsman, forced, formidable, furious, fury, game,
     gamecock, gamy, garbled, gaumy, gear, gelatinous, giant, gladiator,
     glairy, gluelike, gluey, glutenous, glutinose, glutinous, gooey,
     goon, gorilla, granitelike, granitic, great, grim, gristly, gritty,
     groovy, grueling, grumous, gumbo, gumbolike, gumlike, gummous,
     gummy, gun, gunsel, gutsy, gutty, hairy, hard, hard as nails,
     hard to understand, hard-bitten, hard-boiled, hard-earned,
     hard-fought, hard-line, hard-nosed, hard-set, hardened,
     hardhearted, hardnose, hardy, harsh, hatchet man, heavy, hefty,
     hell-raiser, hellcat, hellhound, hellion, holy terror, hood,
     hoodlum, hooligan, horny, hot, hothead, hotspur, hunky-dory, icy,
     immoderate, immutable, incendiary, inflexible, inspissated,
     intemperate, intense, intractable, intransient, intrepid,
     intricate, inured, inveterate, irksome, iron-hard, ironlike,
     jam-up, jawbreaking, jelled, jellied, jellylike, jouster, jumbled,
     just dandy, keen, killer, killing, knight, knotted, knotty,
     labored, laborious, lapideous, lasting, leatherlike, leathery,
     lithoid, lithoidal, long-lasting, long-lived, long-standing,
     long-term, longeval, longevous, macrobiotic, mad dog, madcap,
     manly, marble, marblelike, marvy, massive, mean, meticulous,
     mettlesome, militant, monster, mucilaginous, mucker, mug, mugger,
     muscle man, muscular, mystifying, narrow, neat, nervy, nifty,
     no picnic, nobby, not easy, obdurate, obfuscated, obscure,
     obscured, obstinate, of long duration, of long standing, okay,
     onerous, operose, oppressive, osseous, out of sight, outrageous,
     overtechnical, painful, pasty, peachy, peachy-keen, perdurable,
     perduring, perennial, permanent, perpetual, perplexed, perplexing,
     persistent, persisting, pertinacious, piercing, plucky, plug-ugly,
     powerful, powerhouse, procrustean, punishing, punk, puzzling,
     quarreler, rapist, red-blooded, refractory, remaining, resistant,
     resistive, resolute, revolutionary, rigid, rigorous, rioter,
     ripping, rival, rocklike, rocky, rodman, ropy, rough, roughneck,
     rowdy, ruffian, rugged, rum, sabreur, savage, scrambled, scrapper,
     scrumptious, scuffler, self-adhesive, sempervirent,
     set with thorns, severe, sharp, she-wolf, sinewy, slabby, slap-up,
     slimy, slithery, smashing, solid, something else, sound, spiffing,
     spiffy, spiny, spirited, spiritful, spitfire, splitting, spunky,
     squabbler, stable, stalwart, starchy, staying, steadfast, steady,
     steellike, steely, steep, stern, stickable, sticky, stiff, stodgy,
     stonelike, stony, stout, strained, strapping, strenuous, strict,
     stringent, stringy, strong, strong arm, strong man, strong-arm man,
     strong-armer, struggler, stubborn, stunning, sturdy, substantial,
     swashbuckler, swell, sword, swordplayer, swordsman, syrupy, tacky,
     taut, taxing, tenacious, termagant, terror, terrorist, the mighty,
     the strong, thick, thickened, thorny, thug, ticklish, tiger,
     tigress, tilter, toilsome, torpedo, tough as leather, tough guy,
     tower of strength, tremelloid, tremellose, tricky, trigger man,
     troublesome, tussler, ugly customer, unalterable, unbending,
     unbreakable, uncaring, uncompromising, unconscionable,
     underprivileged, unfading, unfeeling, ungiving, unsentimental,
     unsparing, unsympathetic, untiring, unyielding, uphill, vehement,
     venomous, vigorous, violent, virago, virile, virulent, viscid,
     viscose, viscous, vital, vixen, wearisome, well-built,
     well-constructed, well-founded, well-grounded, well-made, wicked,
     wild beast, wiry, witch, withstanding, wizard, wolf, wrangler,
     yahoo
  
  

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