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Related to hang tough: hang off
To maintain one's determination in a difficult situation. Hang tough—don't let anyone in the company discount your ideas.
hang tough (on something)
Sl. to stick to one's position (on something). I decided I'd hang tough on it. I tend to give in too easy. Yes, just hang tough.
Remain firmly resolved, as in We're going to hang tough on this point and not give in. This slangy idiom uses tough in the sense of "aggressively unyielding," a usage dating from the first half of the 1900s.
hang toughAMERICAN, JOURNALISM
COMMON If you hang tough, you continue to fight or compete strongly for something and refuse to accept defeat. Sizemore and Traeger hung tough in the second set to clinch the victory at 5-2. The White House is hanging tough for a good agreement.
hang toughbe or remain inflexible or firmly resolved. North American informal
1992 Randall Kenan Let the Dead Bury their Dead Obviously, he intended to hang tough at first, but apparently Miss Jesse's psychic bullwhip lashed out and snap-crackled his brain.