from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Facing facts and difficulties with strength and determination; realistic and resolute.

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  • adj. Not distracted from actual facts by enticements, intimidation, or sentimentality; steadfast in one's actions, commitments, beliefs, etc.

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  • adj. facing facts or difficulties realistically and with determination


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  • It needs, instead, a tough-minded industrial and business agenda which gives people some hope that the next recovery will bring real jobs across the country, and that people will have the skills to take them.

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  • Martinez has brought out great tenderness in Smirnoff, a fiery Russian who is known for being tough-minded and strong-willed.

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  • The theory was that great nations start out tough-minded and energetic.

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  • Analysts questioned whether such a deal between two famously tough-minded management teams could work out.

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  • Whether it does so will depend on whether Prime Minister Cameron can resist the pressures for easy short-term political point-scoring and apply the same rigorous, tough-minded approach to reforming the institutions of capitalism and the Big Society that he has brought to cutting government spending down to size.

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  • Over the years, he has painted a picture of his mother as tough-minded, practical and matter-of-fact.

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