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  1. [noun] someone who learned to fight in the streets rather than being formally trained in the sport of boxing
    Synonyms: street fighter

  2. [noun] an aggressive and violent young criminal
    Synonyms: hood, hoodlum, goon, punk, thug, ie, strong-armer

  3. [noun] a cruel and brutal fellow
    Synonyms: bully, hooligan, ruffian, roughneck, rowdy, yob, yobo, yobbo

  4. [adjective] not given to gentleness or sentimentality; "a tough character"

  5. [adjective] 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"
    Synonyms: rugged

  6. [adjective] physically toughened; "the tough bottoms of his feet"
    Synonyms: ened

  7. [adjective] substantially made or constructed; "sturdy steel shelves"; "sturdy canvas"; "a tough all-weather fabric"; "some plastics are as tough as metal"
    Synonyms: sturdy

  8. [adjective] violent and lawless; "the more ruffianly element"; "tough street gangs"
    Synonyms: ruffianly

  9. [adjective] 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"
    Synonyms: bad

  10. [adjective] tough to cut or chew

  11. [adjective] unfortunate or hard to bear; "had hard luck"; "a tough break"
    Synonyms: hard


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