tough customer

tough customer someone

who is difficult to deal with. Some of those bikers are really tough customers. Walt is a tough customer. Just keep away from him.
See also: customer, tough

a tough ˈcustomer/ˈcookie

(informal) a person who knows what they want and is not easily influenced by other people: Self-confident, ambitious and positive, Paula is a tough cookie who is bound to do well.
See also: cookie, customer, tough

tough customer

n. someone who is difficult to deal with. Bruno is a tough customer. Just keep away from him.
See also: customer, tough
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And you'd find your father rather a tough customer in argeyment, Joe, if anybody was to try and tackle him,' said Parkes.
He's got a huge scar on his back and tattoos all the way across his head, making him look like a very tough customer.
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The M1 Field[TM] shotgun from Benelli was the workhorse of the Benelli line; and tough customer ready to take on any hunting challenge.
He is a tough customer,' said Howlett, who is completing a university course and spends his time preparing for the big games by taking in Melbourne's museums and galleries, playing chess or learning guitar.
You do this by telling your boss and coworkers about your department's accomplishments--how a tricky production problem was solved, how a tough customer was satisfied, how a crisis was averted.
Chosen by the Bundeswehr as the Infantry Knife of theGerman Army, the KM2000 from Eickhorn combines a 440A stainless steel blade with a 30 per cent glass fibre reinforced polyamide handle for a tool that is a tough customer for field and urban operations.
Sanders is known throughout the industry as a tough customer, someone who won't take "no" for an answer, and he has a 14,435-employee chip company to show for his effort.
Luckily, however, Major General Ellis had a chief of staff, Colonel Peterson who in many respects was a tough customer, but he was a Leavenworth graduate from 1983.
Due to her touring and media exposure, Aglukark will likely prove one tough customer and is a good bet to take home the Juno hardware.
William Casey is a tough customer, the first Director of Central Intelligence (DCI) to hold cabinet rank, and a man who enjoys instant access to the president.
They're a tough customer and it's the tough customers that often drive you to get better.
He is another prop at the end of the day, but he will be a tough customer, he is one of the best in the business.
He's a real tough customer who needs extreme distances and the cross-country discipline seems to suit him well.
Despite being upset with Mamata, particularly over her refusal to back Pranab Mukherjee's presidential bid, the Congress brass doesn't want to burn the bridges with her since that would leave the government at the mercy of a tough customer like Mulayam Singh Yadav.