be (as) tough as shoe leather

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be (as) tough as shoe leather

1. To be very physically strong and resilient. Marty has played in 500 straight games without so much as a sprained ankle—he's as tough as shoe leather. My grandfather did a lot of physical labor around the family farm, so he was tough as shoes leather.
2. To have a tough, leathery texture. Said especially of meat. This meat is as tough as shoe leather—I can't even cut it!
See also: leather, shoe, tough