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 Meanings and Examples of TOUGH
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tough
 a.  hard; difficult; feeling physical discomfort or pain
Example Sentence: (103 in 7 pages)
1  Life is tough, and if you have the ability to laugh at it you have the ability to enjoy it.
2  Learning to read as an adult is tough work, but you can win this battle if you try.
3  When the going gets tough, the tough get going.
4  Life is tough, but I'm tougher.
5  It was a tough decision to make.
6  Elephants have a very tough hide.
7  She was a tough girl with rather an abrasive manner.
8  The meat was as tough as old boots.
9  She touched its tough irregular surface.
10  The overland route is across some really tough mountains.
11  She's been having a tough time of it lately.
12  These toys are made from tough plastic.
13  Remove the tough outer leaves before cooking.
14  Tough times never last, but tough people do.
15  We'll have to make some tough decisions - there are no easy options.
Classic Sentence: (37 in 3 pages)
1  As for Aunt Pitty, she was nervously trying to stifle a belch, for the rooster they had had for supper was a tough old bird.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XVII
2  His body seemed so tough and hard, as tough and hard as his keen mind.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XVII
3  For all his lankiness he was tough, and good nursing pulled him through.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXX
4  He paused and gnawed the tough pone and Scarlett shivered.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXXVII
5  He's stubborn and he's got a mouth as tough as iron.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXXVIII
6  That doesn't help a man pull himself out of a tough fix, like we're all in now.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XL
7  He was tough and hard and there was no nonsense about him.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XLII
8  They are a tough and bullheaded lot.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XLIX
9  The lower subdivided part, called the junk, is one immense honeycomb of oil, formed by the crossing and recrossing, into ten thousand infiltrated cells, of tough elastic white fibres throughout its whole extent.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 77. The Great Heidelburgh Tun.
10  The Negro tough, on the contrary, is given to just that kind of offending, and he almost invariably singles out white people as his victims.
Southern Horrors By Ida B. Wells-Barnett
Get Context   In V
11  He affects a "tough" aspect, wearing his hat on one side and keeping a cigarette in his mouth all the evening.
The Jungle By Upton Sinclair
Get Context   In Chapter 1
12  Its owner was a Mr. Frederick, a tough, shrewd man, perpetually involved in lawsuits and with a name for driving hard bargains.
Animal Farm By George Orwell
Get Context   In Chapter IV
13  An operation which, taken in connexion with the bushy eyebrows and the Roman nose, suggested with some liveliness the idea of a hawk engaged upon the eyes of a tough little bird.
Hard Times By Charles Dickens
Get Context   In BOOK 1: CHAPTER XVI
14  He chose a new and a tough spear, lest the wood of the former might have been strained in the previous encounters he had sustained.
Ivanhoe By Walter Scott
Get Context   In CHAPTER VIII
15  Poor thing, she too had some of the vulnerability of the wild hyacinths, she wasn't all tough rubber-goods and platinum, like the modern girl.
Lady Chatterley's Lover By D H Lawrence
Get Context   In Chapter 10