tough as nails

(as) tough as nails

Having physical strength and/or rarely sick or injured. Marty has played in 500 straight games—he's tough as nails. Bert is as tough as nails, so get him to help you move all this furniture!
See also: nail, tough

(as) tough as ˈnails

1 very strong and able to deal successfully with difficult conditions or situations: She’s almost 90 but she’s still as tough as nails.
2 not feeling or showing any emotion
See also: nail, tough
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She was sensitive and loving and at the same time she was tough as nails.
The aptly named Tough As Nails, bought the previous September at Tattersalls Ireland by owner Larry Mulvany, narrowly pipped the Jim Bolger-trained Whip Rule but drifted and hampered the runner-up enough for stewards to reverse placings.
The juvenile impressed when running away with a Naas Listed event on his penultimate start and made a winning debut in Pattern company by getting the better of Tough As Nails.
tHE high-class tough As Nails can give trainer Mick Mulvany his biggest success to date in the Group 2 Dubai Duty Free Railway Stakes.
That girl is tough as nails and I know she was happy to get in there,'' Palmdale coach Jeff Williams said.
Where's the bulldog, tough as nails persona that somehow seems to taint everyone's conception of the prototypical, if not stereotypical, corporate big gun lawyer?
Stiv Bators picking up chewing gum off the stage and popping it into his mouth, and generally beating himself to death; Cheetah Chrome looking tough as nails and sneering at the crowd; the rest of the band pounding it out loud and fast; shit man, you couldn't ask for more, but you get it.
And she's everything that I suspected she might be: funny, smart, tough as nails, and multitalented.
BACK in the days before politically correct police series, cops were tough as nails and crooks were treated as real bad guys.
TOUGH AS NAILS, fifth behind Power in the Group 1 Goffs National Stakes at the Curragh on Saturday when tackling seven furlongs for the first time, is to be given another chance over the trip in the Tattersalls Ireland Super Auction Sales Race at Fairyhouse on Sunday.
Successful on his debut over tomorrow's course and distance, he reverted successfully to five furlongs in the Marble Hill when short-heading Tough As NAils, which reopposes tomorrow.
Inside, they're still tough as nails, tough as the day they went off to fight a war for this country.
Whether she's growling her way through the ballsy "Without You" or imploring her lover to stay in "Don't Leave Me This Way," Turner shows she's still as tough as nails in body, mind, and spirit.
TOUGH AS NAILS is set to go in against the big boys in Sunday's Keeneland Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh with connections hoping he can avenge defeats inflicted on him by two of the principals in the Group 1 event, Power and Lilbourne Lad, at the same track.