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- n. someone who bullies weaker people
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When the kid heard the phone ring, he realized it was his opportunity; he managed to snatch the gun from Loubet’s pocket and took a leap … Thanks to the patron, a tough guy who knocked the man out on the spot …’
You could be a tough guy too if you had six gendarmes with guns drawn behind you.
It was he who introduced Sara to Richie Malfitano, a handsome tough guy who tried to sweep her off her feet with gifts and flowers and trips to Atlantic City and Las Vegas.
Moreover, his aide Charles Colson told him, it would soften his tough guy image and undercut support from the blue-collar constituency he had cultivated ever since his silent majority speech in 1969.