hang tough

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hang tough

Remain firmly resolved, as in We're going to hang tough on this point and not give in. This slangy idiom uses tough in the sense of "aggressively unyielding," a usage dating from the first half of the 1900s.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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