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hang tough

To maintain one's determination in a difficult situation. Hang tough—don't let anyone in the company discount your ideas.
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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.
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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.
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hang tough

AMERICAN, 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.
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hang tough

be 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.
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hang ˈtough

(American English) be determined and refuse to change your attitude or ideas: Employees are being urged to hang tough and continue negotiations with management.
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hang tough

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1 SNATCH: First take one toddler; 2 HOLD-UP: Lift him off his feet; 3 STICK-UP: Always remain hands-on; 4 SHAKE-DOWN: Give him a tickle; 5 HANG TOUGH: Never let go; 6 RESULT: Sitting pretty
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CENTER OF ATTENTION New tower soars above New York HANG TOUGH Workers inspect a crane at the new Trade Center
Games including The Joust, The Wall and Hang Tough will return - along with the final Eliminator.
HANG TOUGH 3 Workers inspect a crane at the new Trade Center CENTER OF New tower soars above New York
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The DJ had to hang tough as he took part in a demonstration rescue mission at Dalkey Quarry on Saturday.
Militarybacked republican regimes domitake a long time nated by long-standing rulers, preferred to hang tough: their gamble, nevertheless, failed.
Militarybacked republican regimes domi-nated by long-standing rulers, preferred to hang tough: their gamble, nevertheless, failed.
IN-TUNE Lloyd Daniels was a favourite with the females OPEN WIDE Danyl Johnson belts out a number at the Odyssey last night HANG TOUGH John and Edward didn't let an injury stop the show