tough as nails

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(as) tough as nails

Having physical strength and/or rarely sick or injured. Mary has played in 500 straight games—she's tough as nails. Bert is as tough as nails, so get him to help you move all this furniture!
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(as) tough as ˈnails

1 very strong and able to deal successfully with difficult conditions or situations: She’s almost 90 but she’s still as tough as nails.
2 not feeling or showing any emotion
See also: nail, tough
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She was sensitive and loving and at the same time she was tough as nails.
The aptly named Tough As Nails, bought the previous September at Tattersalls Ireland by owner Larry Mulvany, narrowly pipped the Jim Bolger-trained Whip Rule but drifted and hampered the runner-up enough for stewards to reverse placings.
Trainer and brother Michael said: "I wish she was as good as Tough As Nails.
Successful on his debut over tomorrow's course and distance, he reverted successfully to five furlongs in the Marble Hill when short-heading Tough As NAils, which reopposes tomorrow.
Power's form is also linked to the Richard Hannon-trained Lilbourne Lad, impressive winner of a listed event at Naas before beating Tough As Nails by three-quarters of a length in the Group 2 Railway Stakes over this course and distance.
tHE high-class tough As Nails can give trainer Mick Mulvany his biggest success to date in the Group 2 Dubai Duty Free Railway Stakes.
Where's the bulldog, tough as nails persona that somehow seems to taint everyone's conception of the prototypical, if not stereotypical, corporate big gun lawyer?
Stiv Bators picking up chewing gum off the stage and popping it into his mouth, and generally beating himself to death; Cheetah Chrome looking tough as nails and sneering at the crowd; the rest of the band pounding it out loud and fast; shit man, you couldn't ask for more, but you get it.
BACK in the days before politically correct police series, cops were tough as nails and crooks were treated as real bad guys.
TOUGH AS NAILS, fifth behind Power in the Group 1 Goffs National Stakes at the Curragh on Saturday when tackling seven furlongs for the first time, is to be given another chance over the trip in the Tattersalls Ireland Super Auction Sales Race at Fairyhouse on Sunday.
TOUGH AS NAILS is set to go in against the big boys in Sunday's Keeneland Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh with connections hoping he can avenge defeats inflicted on him by two of the principals in the Group 1 event, Power and Lilbourne Lad, at the same track.
Tough As Nails was more recently second to Lilbourne Lad in the Group 2 Railway Stakes at the same course.