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that's tough

slang An interjection indicating that one has no sympathy for the situation another person is in or how that person feels about it. A: "When you said I'd be getting a car for my birthday, I didn't think it would be some beat-up old van like this!" B: "Well, that's tough! You should be thankful to have a car at all!" A: "Ugh, I don't want to get up so early, I feel terrible." B: "That's tough! If you want to drink yourself silly, then that's the price you pay."
See also: tough

that's tough

Used to indicate recalcitrance or noncompliance with a complaint or demand.
See also: tough
References in classic literature ?
Say, Matt, that's tough! No, I wouldn't be mean enough to tell the other girls.
She was operating out in the Middle East in the 1960s - now that's tough! Compared to getting into that job, sailing against men is easy, a walk in the park."