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  • v. Present participle of toughen.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The final process in the metallurgic treatment of copper ores, by which the last traces of foreign metals are removed as far as possible, and the copper brought, to what is called in England tough pitch. See poling. 2.


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  • Mr. Koch told The Wall Street Journal that he's long supported the idea of toughening the punishment for violence against elected officials.

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  • After a series of backroom talks, the Conservative government is closing in on a rare deal with the Bloc Québécois on a law-and-order issue, namely the toughening of Canada's parole system.

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  • In 1944 Wood graduated from high school and entered the merchant marines with the idea of toughening up and perhaps living some of the adventures he was fantasizing.

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  • Previously, the idea of toughening how employers make sure they are hiring legal workers has met with resistance.


  • Congress also should pursue the idea of toughening penalties on those who illegally access the monument.


  • Joe: tea bags do work to take the pain out of the necessary 'toughening' involved in breast feeding. thank you gramma!

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  • He has also warned requests will be judged according to how well states advance administration goals such as toughening learning standards.

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  • They got on capitally now, for Tom was in his proper sphere, and showed his best side, being civil and gay in the bluff boy-fashion that was natural to him; while Polly forgot to be shy, and liked this sort of "toughening" much better than the other.

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  • So to come up with an end to the culture of violence we need to understand human behavior and the steps taken thus far such as toughening the laws for violent crime and gang affiliation. front

  • The married mother of two young boys has proposed several pieces of family friendly legislation, such as toughening chemical safety standards for baby products.

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