granny may be old, but she's toughpuede que la abuela sea vieja, pero es fuerte
It was a spartan upbringing but it made us pretty toughhe wasn't mentally tough enough
to be (as) tough as old boots[+person]ser fuerte como un roble (informal)
Mr Major praised his friend as the right man to deal with the Chinese as they prepare to take back Hong Kong in five years' time. "He's as tough as old boots," he promisedBeing a gardener means being as strong as an ox and as tough as old bootsWe set off for the city, in a bus loaded with genial, moustached /Turkish labourers, all as tough as old boots/piece of meatthis steak is as tough as old boots
...a tough neighbourhoodArthur grew up in a tough city...tough comprehensive schools.He looked what he really was: a tough and ruthless mercenaryWe have to keep tough law-breaking youngsters off the streets.a tough and ambitious businessmanHe built up a reputation as a tough businessmanI can be tough when I have to beHe's not hard-hearted but resolute and tough...
Butyl is very tough and durableSome plastics are as tough as [metal]...
he cut through the tough, orange-yellow [skin] of the mango....dark brown beans with a rather tough outer skinThe documents will survive beautifully because they're written on parchment, tough animal skin
the steak was as tough as old bootsel filete estaba duro como la suela de un zapato (informal)
the steak was tough and the peas were like bulletsThe [meat] was smelly and a little tough...Rattlesnake is just like chicken, only tougher.
5(harsh)[+policies]duro;de mano dura
Many people are convinced that her tough economic [policies] will succeed......a very tough form of law and order.
Mr Yeltsin announced tough measures to limit the money supply...a judge with a reputation for tough sentencing
to take a tough line on sthadoptar una línea dura con respecto a algo
He is known for taking a tough line on security
to take a tough line with sbponerse duro con algn
The Soviet Prime Minister took a tough line with the Lithuanians
to be tough on sbser duro con algn
Our aim is to be tough on the guerrillasSome have criticized me for being too tough on the medical profession...the bankers who are so tough on small businessmenIt's been tough on everyone, including my family, who've had to put up with my bad moods
6(difficult)[+way of life, situation, day]duro;difícil
It was a tough life.Whoever wins the election is going to have a tough job getting the economy back on its feetIt will certainly be tough for them at firstIt's been a tough dayIt was to be one of the toughest by-elections for a long time...
These are the tough choices that Clinton has to makeI am making some very difficult, tough decisions and I'm not worrying about the political repercussionsIt was a very tough decision but we feel we made the right one for GeorgeThe President may get asked a few tough questions about US policy
Both manufacturers still face tough competition for the ordershe had a pretty tough childhood
it's a tough job being Prime Ministeres duro ser primer ministro;it's a tough job, but somebody has to do ites un trabajo duro, pero alguien tiene que hacerlo;it's tough when you have kidses difícil cuando tienes niños;it will be tough to finish it in timeva a ser difícil acabarlo a tiempo
Costello admits it's going to be tough to get airplay for his new recordingIt was tough to get a cab...It may be tough to raise cash when needed
his team will be tough to beatsu equipo será difícil de vencer;va a ser difícil vencer a su equipo
The pace of change is often tough to deal with
it was tough trying to raise the cashfue difícil conseguir el dinero
It must have been tough being a child in the warOnce you get used to working for yourself, it's tough working for anybody elseIt'll be tough getting Congress to approve these measures
he has found it tough going this yeareste año se le ha hecho muy cuesta arriba;este año le ha resultado muy difícil
I found it tough going at first here
when the going gets toughcuando las cosas se ponen difíciles
She turns to him for advice and help when the going is toughThe self-employed will find the going especially tough when it comes to getting a mortgageThey were in the semi-finals last season but fell away when the going got tough
to have a tough time (of it)pasarlo mal or fatal (informal);pasar las de Caín (informal)
Jeanneau has had a tough time of it these last few yearsHe was having a really tough time at workThe people who protest to me are having a genuinely tough time. Many of them have second-mortgaged their homesEveryone warned me that I was in for a tough time
when the going gets tough, the tough get goingla gente con arrestos se crece ante las adversidades
tough!tough luck!¡mala suerte!
If you can't get here in time, that's your tough luck.
that's your tough luck!¡te fastidias!
tough shitte jodes (vulgar)
You got a problem with this? Tough shitTough shit. I got here first
(thug)matón (m);macarra (informal) (m)
They're a couple of young toughs.Three burly toughs elbowed their way to the front
to tough it outaguantar el tipo (informal)
It was hard, he said, but he would get through it, tough it out.I think it was very brave of him to tough it out
to act/talk toughhacerse el duro (informal)
the Tories hope to boost their popularity by talking toughPresident Bush has put President Gorbachev under pressure by talking tough on the need for reformCongress needs to act tough to reduce the deficit...trying to act tough around your friends
to hang toughmantenerse firme
We hope the President hangs tough on this oneThe White House is hanging tough for a good agreementBoth sides have their reasons for hanging tough at the moment and for not conceding very much