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Definition of tough:

  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.
  2. Not easily broken; able to endure hardship; firm; strong; as, tough sinews.
  3. Not easily separated; viscous; clammy; tenacious; as, tough phlegm.
  4. Severe; violent; as, a tough storm.
  5. Stiff; rigid; not flexible; stubborn; as, a tough bow.


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