tough cookie

tough cookie

A strong, determined person who is not easily intimidated, discouraged, or defeated. Our principal was a little lady, but she was one tough cookie! She had a difficult childhood, but she's a tough cookie. I know she'll be a success.
See also: cookie, tough

tough cookie

a person who is difficult to deal with. He's a tough cookie, but I can handle him. There was a tough cookie in here this morning who demanded to see the manager.
See also: cookie, tough

tough cookie

n. a tough person. There was a tough cookie in here this morning who demanded to see the manager.
See also: cookie, tough
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Brad is a tough cookie and actually tougher than people say.
Relieved Barrie said: "Star is a tough cookie and came out of it OK.
But what made Haifa such a tough cookie in the first place?
But nothing will stop Pollyanna competing - she's a tough cookie.
The 'Dark Knight Rises' star clarified in a recent interview that he is misunderstood easily and said that his 23 year old 'American Hustle' co-star is in fact a tough cookie and if he had to say anything snarky about her, he would say it to her face, PVR Pictures reported.
Author Talk and Book Signing Dan Szczesny, author of "The Adventures of Buffalo and Tough Cookie,'' and his young hiking companion Janelle will present a slideshow and talk, 7 p.
My poor Dani went bright red dloIf and could barely see because her eyes were watering so much, but she's a tough cookie and got straight back to it.
The thing is," she says, "I look like a tough cookie, I sound like a tough cookie, and that's the problem, I'm sort of typecast.
A tough cookie who, although he might not be the biggest or brawniest, possesses the steely will and compact but tough frame that sees him emerge unscathed from many a scrape with the big boys.
She's a tough cookie, though, and this looks a good opportunity for her.
Baby Shark is one tough cookie, a female worthy of James Bond and Mickey Spillane rolled into one woman's curves.
Marriage" stars Hanna Schygulla as a tough cookie who marries a Wehrmacht officer during the waning days of World War II.
He's a tough cookie and will be desperate to play again as soon as possible.
I'll be a proper little scrapper, a tough cookie to beat," Taylor said.
Blues boss Steve Bruce said: "It's terrible for him but he is a tough cookie and, at pounds 50,000, has to be one of the best value-for-money signings I've ever made.