Translation of tough in Spanish:


resistente, adj.

Pronunciation /təf//tʌf/


  • 1

    • 1.1(strong, hard-wearing)

      (rubber/fabric/clothing) resistente
      (rubber/fabric/clothing) fuerte
      • In early 1943 two American professors discovered that a very tough material could be produced by adding a small amount of wood pulp to water before freezing.
      • Wax is a tough moisture barrier, doesn't rot wood or synthetic stocks, and doesn't attract dirt.
      • The handle is made of G-l0, a tough material favored by tactical knife makers.
      • They are tough enough to withstand being walked on occasionally and will reward the passer-by with perfume released from the crushed foliage.
      • I've sliced them in half, cut away the tough fibres, drizzled them with olive oil, and grilled them.
      • But cement is exceptionally tough and not very porous and its use at Fountains has essentially reversed this process.
      • This is moisture resistant and forms a tough coating which can be washed with soap and water.
      • All of the following clothes are made up of a tough material which should be strong against almost all elements of magic.
      • Stainless steel is a tough metal and does not rust, but it's harder to sharpen.
      • If you have ever polished some hard, tough material like metal or marble you know how much energy it takes.
      • Bags are sent wrapped in tissue, wrapped in recycled plastic, then sealed into a recyclable tough paper mailer bag.
      • The balls used in boccia are mainly made of tough leather and filled with a grain-like substance.
      • Polycarbonate is a tough material but not hard.
      • Wood is a tough material that lasts a long time and is easy to repair.
      • African rice is tough enough to fight drought, but many west African farmers abandoned the variety in favour of Asian strains that produce more grains per plant.
      • This bouncy rubber was surprisingly tough stuff.
      • The ground began shacking with such great force, not even the lifeless roots obscured in the grey soil were tough enough to hold up their dying masters.
      • The Aldgate train was the standard London model, built of a tough steel frame upon which aluminium bodywork is bolted firmly down.
      • Occasionally someone would get hit in the foot or leg, but school shoe leather was tough and the last thing you'd do was report any mishaps.
      • He knows just how to make tight leggings, rough, tough leathers and plush cashmere absolutely dazzling.

    • 1.2

      (meat) (not tender) duro
      (meat) (leathery) correoso
      • I have a headache, and all I've had to chew on are these infernal, tough pieces of salt meat.
      • I got used to drinking powdered milk, living off rice and kidney beans, occasionally a bit of tough meat in a stew as a treat.
      • The man brought dry cheese, more water, and a hunk of tough meat that tasted more than a little rancid.
      • Move those cows too fast and you end up with very fit, very lean, very tough sirloin.
      • The fruit is tough and prickly on the outside, tender and sweet on the inside.
      • The meat was a little tough, but the flavour, infused with lemon, was delicious, a light meat somewhere between lamb and beef.
      • I tried a small pastie that looked safe, but the meat inside was so tough I had to swallow it nearly whole after chewing for a couple of minutes.
      • The pigs' apprehension about being eaten results in tough meat, which is why pork no longer tastes good.
      • Recipes from regions where tough meat is the norm often call for a marinade made with fruit or juice.
      • She chewed on the cooked piece of tough meat that had been in the saddlebag, not pausing to wonder how it had gotten there.
      • Most of them are sipping coffee, or reading newspapers, or chewing morosely on tough bread.
      • She says it was slippery and she could not cut it with a knife. She took it in her hand and placed it in her mouth, but the ‘meat’ was so tough she could not bite through it.
      • The meat is still tough and not as palatable as typical American cuisine, but it's also not that bad.
      • One or two are so contorted that poor old Lawson, who is a consummate professional, looks like he has been compelled to chew on a tough piece of sirloin and then spit it out in public.
      • Rabbits, horses, and elephants chew tough grasses, leaves, and plants.
      • I've been grazing among the blogs and chewing that question like a tough mouthful of cud.
      • Duck legs have fairly tough meat - the legs are worked hard during their lifespan, making the flesh taut and muscly.
      • Hominids had teeth that resembled those of pigs and bears, which can chew tough, fiber-rich food.
      • It's best to keep the stems out of most dishes, since all but the newest growth is too tough to chew.
      • The lamb cutlet was also tough: though served quite rare, it was uncuttable, unchewable and tasteless.

  • 2

    • 2.1(physically, emotionally resilient)

      • Football's about tough uncompromising individuals, who bleed real blood, take no prisoners and fight to the very end, yeah?
      • He then fought and won a hard match with the tough Mr. D. to take back his crown.
      • Clarence Moore fills various roles, from perimeter shooter to tough defender to solid rebounder.
      • A track for tough cars and tough drivers, it tests every component and every sinew to the limit and few pass with flying colours.
      • She is young and tough, the servants respect her, and everything is in impeccable order.
      • Lincou is a muscular, tough player who likes to occupy the center of the court, causing his opponents to run around him.
      • I saw the older men trying to demonstrate they were still tough and able.
      • Driver 2 is equally tough, but at least this time the missions aren't impossibly hard from the very outset.
      • Many of them have led hard lives already, and they are tough, angry and unforgiving.
      • He is smart, tough and instinctual, but a lack of speed hurts him in coverage.
      • Finally there is the underlying truth that Carol is as tough as old boots, and frankly, as sexy as a Sherman tank.
      • Brees is smart, tough and had the confidence of his teammates after leading them to 20 wins over the last two years.
      • Cosmopolitans, not tough pioneers, they lacked the grit required to face the hardships of frontier life.
      • In any case, with Beeching reluctant to play the game and with Marples determined to be tough, it was difficult to predict which lines would be spared in advance.
      • Braham is a smart, tough leader, but he lacks the athleticism to be a full-time starter.
      • Brunson is a tough defender and solid passer, attributes coach Bill Cartwright seeks.
      • However, the tough Belgian was able to recover enough to catch the pack and hand with the grupetto on the final climb.
      • I am, in fact, either as tough as old boots, or as soft as a particularly fluffy bunny, depending on who you ask, and when.
      • Maybe with the emergence of young, tough defenders such as Chris Gbandi that will change.
      • Meanwhile, co-star Jolie is perfectly suited as the tough, intelligent young lady who can pierce anybody with a silent stare.
      • To have to go through that family scandal and still be a sweet, genuine person - how tough she was to endure that.
      • Happily, Russian skaters tend to be tough as old boots.
      • A tough demeanor was required, but it wasn't innate as his reputation might lead us to think.
      • The girls were very tough and demonstrated their excellent skills and the only fair decision after three great rounds was a draw.
      • And, you know, he was a tough priest who was sympathetic, but you know, I think he was used to tragedy.
      • He was strong and brave, a happy-go-lucky person but also tough and able to live on his own.
      • It was strange because in contrast my Nan was as tough as old boots; she just had a tendency to say insane things.
      • Another point I make in About Face was that I had learned about war from tough old sergeants and captains who had fought the big war.
      • They are a tough, resilient and uncomplaining people (as I saw first hand in the casualty areas in 1974).
      • Unwilling Accomplice is the story of two violent criminals on the run and the tough young woman who outwits them.
      • ‘Reg is a real fighter by nature, he is as tough as old boots and will not give in,’ said Linn.
      • Though you look delicate you are tough as nails and prone to intricacies…
      • It then turned out that my grandad is as tough as old boots, and probably just wanted to take attention away from me getting a job.
      • But Duncan came from the generation before the welfare state, when to survive at all you had to be as tough as old boots - and he was.
      • He's a tough old bastard, and he's pulled through things like this before.
      • She needed to be tough, and sympathy would only throw her off guard.
      • The women lost their first two conference matches to tough opponents.
      • She may be tough and indifferent on the outside but I could see that deep inside she was experiencing tremendous pain and sorrow.
      • Despite losing his round to an older competitor the tough tot's family said he would not be deterred.
      • To be fair to him, he's as tough as old boots and he just galloped to the line.

    • 2.2(aggressive, violent)

      he's just trying to be a tough guy se está haciendo el gallito / el machito informal
      • Sadly, teams require tough guys or enforcers to keep the opposition honest.
      • Outside the town centre pubs, tough young men and women in vests, jeans and tattoos were giving each other the thumbs up and cackling with glee.
      • Here she's at her best, in a part that requires her to be tough and crude, a relentless force of pure ego.
      • Mr. R. was a big, burly tough guy who melted when he had to give his girls away.
      • In my mind, I saw the tough young man I had met in the cathedral that night.
      • Hollywood sells tough men, beautiful women, simple storylines and violence.
      • He was a tall, muscular man, obviously tough and afraid of nothing.
      • That sure as heck wasn't what a tough guy like Solid Snake would do.
      • A group of teenagers thinking they were tough, accosted us in an alley.
      • Galvin's characters jump off the page at you whether he is describing a tough young cop like Fox or ‘Beano’ his snout.
      • Sarah was a tough girl, muscular even, very strong and with a real hot temperament.
      • Carl gathered that the man was trying to compensate for the obvious lack of prestige with a tough guy attitude.
      • About a moment after he left two tough and very heartless-looking guards walked in.
      • But let us go back to the uneven struggle between a tough, young yob and a frail pensioner.
      • He looks like a tough young man to me… Just wondering here, William, but who exactly are these kids?
      • New Russian is a euphemism for black-market pimp, smuggler, gangster, any tough young man with capitalist cash, and there are lots of them.
      • Gilbart was still very strong and tough - the bulging muscles and calloused hands proved this.
      • While all agree he is tough and prone to losing his temper, there is almost universal respect for his abilities as a soldier.
      • Given those credentials, the character cries out for an old-school tough guy approach.
      • Even the ones who looked like tomorrow's tough teenagers were evincing childlike delight.

  • 3

    • 3.1(strict, uncompromising)

      (teacher/boss) severo
      (teacher/boss) exigente
      (boss/teacher) estricto
      (terms/legislation/line) duro
      (policy/discipline) duro
      (policy/discipline) de mano dura
      (negotiator) implacable
      to be tough on sb (unfair) ser injusto para con algn
      • I think she's too tough on her son creo que es demasiado dura / severa con su hijo
      • I'm going to have to get tough with you voy a tener que ser más dura contigo
      • there was some tough talking by both sides ambas partes se expresaron sin rodeos
      • It was tough on the Frenchman, who made no contact with Douglas.
      • It's going to be tough on staff because they wouldn't be home until 3am after an evening meeting.
      • But Blunkett's tough approach to social reform could only be argued by a minister free of personal distractions.
      • ‘It's been pretty tough on her as she's had a lot of catching up to do but we're trying to get her on the track as quick as we can,’ he said.
      • And they're geniuses, but it's just eaten them up and spit them out, and it's been tough on them.
      • Many thought so and believed that New Zealand, a tough and uncompromising side would provide a much sterner examination.
      • As we keep learning the hard way, efficient markets require tough regulators.
      • I think it's going to be tough on the mother when that trial comes.
      • The Government was positioning itself nicely to run a campaign based on its tough approach to dealing with asylum seekers.
      • So some organisations, very good retail organisations in terms of discerned as being successful, are quite tough on those sorts of issues.
      • He said it is very tough on Irish students who need up to 570 points to get medicine and may miss out by just 15 or 20 points.
      • It was tough on the Carlow girls who had put up a sterling second half fight back having trailed by six points at half time.
      • It was tough on Pres Milltown who gave it everything but they just gave St Pats too big a lead and had little luck with marginal decisions.
      • Colchester police have launched a new tough approach on people begging in the town, which a spokesman said should solve the problem faced by shopkeepers.
      • There's a couple of times where she's gone to school and she's just in floods of tears and yeah it's really tough on them.
      • He is every bit as tough on his Conservative and Liberal Democrat interviewees as he is on New Labour and its supporters.
      • I called her every night from New York and I'm sure it was extremely tough on her to hear me, not normally an emotional person, sobbing every night.
      • The reason for the low turnout could be that the authorities' tough approach scared people away.
      • One of the worst, as any politician will attest, is that it is very tough on families.
      • This appraisal is as tough, uncompromising and brutally simplistic as many of Brogden's law-and-order policies.
      • He said it was tough on students for whom it was the last day of their exams.
      • It turns out it's a lot of work and very tough on the staff.
      • Maintain a tough zero-tolerance approach against graffiti in most locations.
      • It was in that role that Howard chiselled out a reputation for being tough and uncompromising.
      • The ombudsman does take a tough investigative approach to claims that people did not understand what they were buying.
      • He attempted to appease the nasty wing of his own party by being tough on immigrants, while pretending that his proposals were liberal and sensible.
      • If criminal activity is taking place we will take a tough approach to drive it from our streets.
      • They're very tough on executive privilege in general, and on the flow of information more broadly than that.
      • It is tough on Maloney that the arduous assignment of a UEFA Cup tie at home to VfB Stuttgart is being billed as if it were the equivalent of finishing school for the player.
      • It was tough on Belmullet who for most of the game had looked to be the better side but McDonagh's late goal knocked the wind out of their sails.
      • The noises coming from the ombudsman's office suggest the guidance, which is currently being written, will be fairly tough on companies.
      • As it developed, the Court took a tough approach to applying the law, and did not permit many restrictive agreements.
      • It is tough on her, because everyone puts so much emphasis on the past and right now is the future.
      • We'll be tough on fraud, and there is fraud, and we have to go after it.
      • It was tough on Barca but they showed they are learning quickly and can take great heart from their display.
      • Both goals were stamped with class but it was tough on City, who hardly warranted being behind by one, never mind two.
      • The nation's 40th chief executive knew it would be tough on the light of his life.
      • The move is designed to streamline the prosecution of people who make false claims, and forms part of the companies' new, tough approach.
      • North Yorkshire Police said that while they were not holding a specific campaign this summer, they would still be tough on drink-drivers.
      • Sereana Naikelekele says the situation is tough on all five kids.

    • 3.2(difficult)

      (decision/question/exam) difícil
      (decision/exam/question) peliagudo
      the job was tough going to begin with al principio, el trabajo se me hizo muy cuesta arriba
      • it's tough leaving your family at that age es duro tener que dejar a la familia a esa edad
      • they had a tough time las pasaron muy mal
      • Getting published and earning a bit of critical acclaim to spur on further creative efforts is tough for those starting out.
      • This will require tough decisions that cannot be ducked.
      • This is a tough process and will require NASA to make some hard decisions between now and September.
      • It was another historic match, a tough fight between bat and ball, but at the end the target of 313 proved to be a bit too much for the West Indies.
      • These questions require us to make tough decisions about how we distribute our finite resources.
      • He has had a year off the sport with injury and yet, in a tough, exhausting match, he was everywhere.
      • Also: finishing a tough job requires that you draw your hand theatrically across your brow.
      • Sure, comedy is tough: it requires actual laughter to prove its value and worth.
      • It was a tough match and we're just glad to have come out of it okay.
      • It will be a tough match and to be honest I think Ireland will struggle to win the Championship as Wales have already done the business against both the English and the French.
      • Getting control of your finances requires tough choices
      • ‘They are a good side and it will be a tough match,’ he had offered dutifully beforehand, and he wasn't wrong.
      • I suppose it will follow that pattern, but it will require some very tough work.
      • I think acting is tough, as it requires great mental discipline.
      • This was a very tough, exciting match and at half time we were down 2 tries.
      • It was a tough match, which provided excitement up to the very end with the result being a deserved draw for both sides.
      • It was a fair, tough match and the referee had little or nothing to do.
      • They anticipated a tough match and were not disappointed, and despite what the scoreboard might suggest, this was far from a one sided game.
      • But it was big job, a very tough assignment that required major cultural changes.
      • With a tough run of matches in front of them it was important the Rams remained unbeaten in order to maintain their league position as the critical part of the season comes to fruition.

    • 3.3informal

      ¡mala suerte!



  • 1

    stop acting tough no te hagas el gallito / el machito informal
  • 2

    con firmeza



  • 1

    matón masculine informal
    • In the afternoon, when we're all coming in from Sunday, the usual three toughs from the bus department get on for a surprise ticket inspection.
    • He has written that academics work more insidiously than the street toughs they effectively team up with on occasion.
    • The sixth is a tough from the East who dresses up like a bad man and plays some low-down trick that gives the boys a bad name.
    • One disaster follows another on this, the worst day of Bruce Nolan's life, as he's fired from the station, beaten up by a gang of toughs, who then vandalise his car.
    • I would like to begin by dismissing the assertion that the AVC is nothing but a gang of toughs who go about setting fire to kittens and extorting cash from other VUWSA funded activity groups.
    • These Christian bikers come from all walks of life, though many of them are ex-motorcycle gang toughs who've been born again.
    • He joined the school football team, a motley collection of toughs.
    • From his ornate hotel room, Kimbrough rules the town through his cohorts, Sheriff Swede Hansen, and his gunslinger Spanish, as well as a gang of local toughs.
    • Or was he in a lock-up in the east end of Glasgow getting roughed up and questioned by some toughs with nasty scars who wanted the keys to his toy factory?
    • A misfit gang of working-class street toughs from Queens, the Ramones were ruled with an iron fist by guitarist Johnny.
    • Howson became famous for his vivid depictions of Glasgow street toughs before travelling to Bosnia as the UK's official war artist in 1993.
    • It narrates the tale of mid-19th century New York dominated by street toughs, racist gangs, corrupt policemen and politicians.
    • Similarly Wang missed the gang era of the late 1970s and early 1980s when those children whose parents had been sent deep into the countryside for re-education formed their own cadres of street toughs.
    • All this makes European football look like one of those dingy dive bars where a dozen or so swarthy, unshaven toughs chase two or three belles.
    • I'm sure I have avoided countless beatings by neighbourhood toughs because of my ability to resemble cloud cover.
    • But its tracing of the band's origins from glue-sniffing toughs from Queens to kings of punk resonated with a sincerity and sweetness that won over critics and the audience.
    • Ken has taken the breakup pretty hard and has since fallen in with a gang of toughs calling themselves the ‘Masters of the Universe’, headed by busty-chested warrior He-Man.
    • Groups of toughs would observe and point out the best actions, or ridicule the softies who couldn't cope.
    • After seeing the deaths of their friends, they have little if any patience for organized street toughs.
    • Joe's relatives tell him to stick to his own kind, yet the toughs that beat him up don't see him as of their own class.