when the going gets tough


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when the going gets tough

When things become too difficult or unpleasant to deal with; when it becomes too hard to keep carrying on. Everyone in our neighborhood is very close, so when the going gets tough for anyone, there's always someone to lend a hand. We all work pretty independently here, but our boss always helps out when the going gets tough.
See also: get, going, tough

when the going gets tough

 and if the going gets tough; when the going gets rough; if the going gets rough
as things get extremely difficult; when it becomes difficult to proceed. When the going gets tough, I will be there to help you. If the going gets tough, just give me a call.
See also: get, going, tough

when the ˌgoing gets ˈtough (the ˌtough get ˈgoing)

(saying) when conditions or progress become difficult, then strong and determined people work even harder to succeed: I know it’s going to be hard work, but you can always call me when the going gets tough.
See also: get, going, tough
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