tough adj.

1 difficult/unpleasant

VERBS be, seem | get

ADV. extremely, particularly, really, very | a bit, fairly, a little, pretty, quite Things were pretty tough at first.

PREP. on It's very tough on the wives when the husbands go off like that.

2 strict/firm

VERBS be | become, get

ADV. extremely, particularly, very | fairly, pretty, quite | enough Has the government been tough enough on polluters?

PREP. on The government has promised to get tough on crime. | with You have to be tough with these young thugs.

3 strong

VERBS be, feel, look, seem | become, get, grow | act, talk (both informal) Then this guy started acting tough.

ADV. incredibly, really, remarkably, very | pretty, quite, reasonably | enough Are you sure you're physically tough enough for this job? | mentally, physically