toughie
also toughy noun (plural toughies) Date: 1921 one that is tough: as a. a loud rough rowdy person b. a difficult problem or question

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  • toughie — or toughy [tuf′ē] n. pl. toughies Informal 1. a tough person; ruffian 2. a difficult problem or situation …   English World dictionary

  • toughie — UK [ˈtʌfɪ] / US noun [countable] Word forms toughie : singular toughie plural toughies informal 1) a difficult question or problem 2) someone who is physically or mentally strong …   English dictionary

  • toughie — /tuf ee/, n. Informal. 1. a tough person, esp. one who is belligerent. 2. a difficult problem or situation: That math test was a real toughie! 3. a harsh or blunt book, movie, etc. Also, toughy. [1920 25; TOUGH + IE] * * * …   Universalium

  • toughie — noun Something that is tough, or difficult. His question is a toughie. I might have to do some more research …   Wiktionary

  • toughie — (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun Informal. A rough, violent person who engages in destructive actions: hoodlum, mug, roughneck, rowdy, ruffian, tough. Slang: hood, punk. See ATTACK, CRIMES …   English dictionary for students

  • toughie — tough|ie [ tʌfi ] noun count INFORMAL 1. ) a difficult question or problem 2. ) someone who is physically or mentally strong …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • toughie — tough·ie || tÊŒfɪ n. person who is tough; something difficult; particularly difficult problem, difficult question …   English contemporary dictionary

  • toughie — noun informal 1》 a person who is tough and determined. 2》 a difficult problem or question …   English new terms dictionary

  • toughie — tough·ie …   English syllables

  • toughie — tough•ie or tough•y [[t]ˈtʌf i[/t]] n. pl. tough•ies. Informal. 1) inf a tough person; rowdy 2) inf a difficult problem or situation • Etymology: 1920–25 …   From formal English to slang

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