be (as) tough as shoe leather(redirected from been as tough as shoe leather)
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!
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