tough it out

tough

[tuhf]
adjective, tougher, toughest.
1.
strong and durable; not easily broken or cut.
2.
not brittle or tender.
3.
difficult to masticate, as food: a tough steak.
4.
of viscous consistency, as liquid or semiliquid matter: tough molasses.
5.
capable of great endurance; sturdy; hardy: tough troops.
6.
not easily influenced, as a person; unyielding; stubborn: a tough man to work for.
7.
hardened; incorrigible: a tough criminal.
8.
difficult to perform, accomplish, or deal with; hard, trying, or troublesome: a tough problem.
9.
hard to bear or endure (often used ironically): tough luck.
10.
vigorous; severe; violent: a tough struggle.
11.
vicious; rough; rowdyish: a tough character; a tough neighborhood.
12.
practical, realistic, and lacking in sentimentality; tough-minded.
13.
Slang. remarkably excellent; first-rate; great.
adverb
14.
in a tough manner.
noun
15.
a ruffian; rowdy.
Idioms
16.
hang tough, Slang. hang ( def 56 ).
17.
tough it out, Informal. to endure or resist hardship or adversity.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English (adj.); Old English tōh; compare Dutch taai, German zäh(e)

toughly, adverb
toughness, noun
supertough, adjective
untough, adjective
untoughly, adverb
untoughness, noun


1. firm, hard. 5. durable. 6. inflexible.


1. fragile. 5. feeble, weak.
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tough (tʌf)
 
adj
1.  strong or resilient; durable: a tough material
2.  not tender: he could not eat the tough steak
3.  having a great capacity for endurance; hardy and fit: a tough mountaineer
4.  rough or pugnacious: a tough gangster
5.  resolute or intractable: a tough employer
6.  difficult or troublesome to do or deal with: a tough problem
7.  informal unfortunate or unlucky: it's tough on him
 
n
8.  a rough, vicious, or pugnacious person
 
adv
9.  informal violently, aggressively, or intractably: to treat someone tough
10.  informal hang tough to be or appear to be strong or determined
 
vb
11.  slang (tr) to stand firm, hold out against (a difficulty or difficult situation) (esp in tough it out)
 
[Old English tōh; related to Old High German zāhi tough, Old Norse trodden ground in front of a house]
 
'toughish
 
adj
 
'toughly
 
adv

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Word Origin & History

tough
O.E. toh "difficult to break or chew," from P.Gmc. *tankhuz (cf. M.L.G. tege, M.Du. taey, Du. taai, O.H.G. zach, Ger. zäh). See rough for spelling change. Figurative sense of "strenuous, difficult, hard to beat" is first recorded c.1200; that of "hard to do, trying, laborious" is from 1619. The
noun meaning "street ruffian" (U.S.) is from 1866. Toughen is attested from 1580s. Verb tough it "endure the experience" is first recorded 1830, Amer.Eng. Tough guy first recorded 1932. Tough-minded first recorded 1907 in William James. Tough luck first recorded 1912; tough shit is from 1946.
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Idioms & Phrases

tough it out

see gut it out.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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