tough customer

tough customer

A strong, determined person who is not easily intimidated, discouraged, or defeated. Our principal was a rather petite lady, but she was one tough customer! She had a difficult childhood, but it made her into a tough customer later in life. I wouldn't mess with that guy, he's a pretty tough customer.
See also: customer, tough

tough customer someone

who is difficult to deal with. Some of those bikers are really tough customers. Walt is a tough customer. Just keep away from him.
See also: customer, tough

a tough ˈcustomer/ˈcookie

(informal) a person who knows what they want and is not easily influenced by other people: Self-confident, ambitious and positive, Paula is a tough cookie who is bound to do well.
See also: cookie, customer, tough

tough customer

n. someone who is difficult to deal with. Bruno is a tough customer. Just keep away from him.
See also: customer, tough
References in classic literature ?
And you'd find your father rather a tough customer in argeyment, Joe, if anybody was to try and tackle him,' said Parkes.
Robredo is 35 and ranked at 271 after injury problems in recent years, but remains a tough customer on clay.
Tim Palin, of winning owners Middleham Park Racing, said: "What a tough customer.
The man who has it all - the looks, the fame, the fortune - must be a tough customer to buy for but wife Amal thinks she's got him the perfect boy toy.
What will tough customer Trevor think if he finds out what his son's been up to?
But he is a tough customer, he'll generally stay out on you but come across when it suits him.
Because they fight with a lot of courage and are tough customer," he said.
The new capabilities will help solve tough customer problems across a variety of applications, including accurate crop mapping; efficient site selection, exploration and environmental monitoring for the energy industry; and mineral identification and chemical measurements to support mining.
Marcos Maidana is a tough customer and he gave me a fight that had me work for the victory," Mayweather said in a statement.
Harbouring prime ministerial ambitions herself, she has always been a tough customer.
He's a real tough customer who needs extreme distances and the cross-country discipline seems to suit him well.
Federer found Alejandro Falla a tough customer at Wimbledon as he stuttered his way through to the second round of the Olympic singles, winning 6-3 5-7 6-3.
And Rafa, regardless of how he is going to be, he is always a tough customer.
When I conduct training, many collectors ask for tips when handling tough customer tactics and tough telephone situations.
Verdant is nonetheless a tough customer and arrives in Berkshire on a hat-trick, having struck at Sandown and Goodwood.