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  • n. Plural form of tough.


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  • CHICAGO Taking spread at a longstanding behindhand of passage for Brutishs, an influential auto escort group is calling toughs to raise the fashionable for getting a cleaner's license to 17 or together quiet 18.


  • She went so far as to give free English lessons to any local kids who wanted them, yet the local "toughs" constantly insulted her and robbed her house as soon as she left.


  • While they assumed to have soared above practical politics and to abhor the ways of the "toughs" in championing candidates, they subordinated their own usefulness to a sentiment that was limited to

    McClure's Magazine, Vol. 6, No. 2, January, 1896

  • They say that gamblers and all sorts of "toughs" follow a new road.

    Army Letters from an Officer's Wife, 1871-1888

  • The "toughs" have subsided, and are on their good behavior for the present, at least, fearing what the captain will say and do when their last doings are reported, but I understand that most of them are mortally offended at my remaining at grandmother's, as no one takes offense so easily as a rogue when his honesty is doubted.

    A Woman who went to Alaska

  • So I spread Charlie's and my food upon a small table, and Jennie's on her own tray, for after each little outing she is strapped and weighted down in bed as before, and we would be very happy if it were not for Polly, Sim, and a few other "toughs" in the hotel and vicinity.

    A Woman who went to Alaska

  • No sooner had Catamount Cass and his gang of "toughs" showed fight, than a company of miners sprung to Harris 'side, and showed their willingness to fight it out on the square line.

    Deadwood Dick, The Prince of the Road or, The Black Rider of the Black Hills

  • It should be said that amongst our visitors there were, no doubt, many angels whom we entertained unawares; but also, and no doubt of this, many blackguards and desperadoes, "toughs" and horse-thieves.

    Ranching, Sport and Travel

  • That's a lesson the 'toughs' in these parts won't forget for a long time.

    Stories by American Authors, Volume 6

  • It is but fair to say that even the "toughs" of a place like Barker's show some respect for the other sex, and Miss Sally's case was no exception to the rule.

    Stories by American Authors, Volume 6


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