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- n. Plural form of toughness.
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Twenty-six years ago, with "" The Boys in the Band, '' Mart Crowley brilliantly established the genre of the gay play with its own sentimentalities, toughnesses and character types.
I for one enjoy a coupling of perceived toughnesses: riding a SS mountain bike while being a woman.
Then, to top it off, those numbers are adjusted for the relative toughnesses of the defenses that the player has faced, to "normalize" them.
Abergavenny has a very bad approach from Monmouth, and we dreaded a repetition of the delays and toughnesses we had just escaped from; how great therefore was our gratification when we pulled up at the door of the Angel, and were shown into a splendid room, thirty-five or forty feet long by twenty wide, secured bedrooms as clean and comfortable as heart could desire, and had every thing we asked for with the precision of clockwork and the rapidity of steam.