tough out
To endure.

He toughed out his parents divorce.


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  • tough it out — tough out or tough it out (informal) 1. To withstand 2. To endure stoically or defiantly • • • Main Entry: ↑tough * * * tough it out phrase to stay in a situation that is difficult because you are very determined I was prepared to tough it out… …   Useful english dictionary

  • tough — [tuf] adj. [ME < OE toh, akin to Ger zäh, tough, viscous, prob. < IE base * denk , to bite > TONGS] 1. strong but pliant; that will bend, twist, etc. without tearing or breaking 2. that will not cut or chew easily [tough steak] 3.… …   English World dictionary

  • tough — tough1 W3S2 [tʌf] adj comparative tougher superlative toughest ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(difficult)¦ 2¦(strong person)¦ 3¦(strong material)¦ 4¦(strict/firm)¦ 5¦(violent area)¦ 6 tough!/that s tough! 7 tough luck! …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • tough — [[t]tʌ̱f[/t]] ♦♦ tougher, toughest, toughs, toughing, toughed 1) ADJ GRADED A tough person is strong and determined, and can tolerate difficulty or suffering. He built up a reputation as a tough businessman... She is tough and ambitious. Derived… …   English dictionary

  • tough´ness — tough «tuhf», adjective, adverb, noun, verb. –adjective. 1. bending without breaking: »Leather is tough; cardboard is not. 2. hard to cut, tear, or chew: »The steak was so tough, I couldn t eat it. 3. stiff; sticky: »tough clay …   Useful english dictionary

  • tough´ly — tough «tuhf», adjective, adverb, noun, verb. –adjective. 1. bending without breaking: »Leather is tough; cardboard is not. 2. hard to cut, tear, or chew: »The steak was so tough, I couldn t eat it. 3. stiff; sticky: »tough clay …   Useful english dictionary

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