be (as) tough as shoe leather

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be (as) tough as shoe leather

1. To have physical strength and/or be rarely sick or injured. Marty has played in 500 straight games—he's tough as shoe leather. Bert is as tough as shoe leather, so get him to help you move all this furniture!
2. To have a tough, leathery skin (as of meat). This meat is as tough as shoe leather—I can't even cut it!
See also: leather, shoe, tough