tough guy

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tough guy

A particularly strong, resolute, fearless, and independent man who does not show weakness or emotion and does not rely on or bow down to others. Hyphenated if used as a modifier before a noun. The best tough guys in cinema are those who aren't invincible, but find still find a way to win against all odds. John's always putting on this tough-guy façade, but I know that deep down he's a bit of a coward.
See also: guy, tough

tough guy

a strong and severe man; a man who might be part of the underworld. He was your typical tough guy—jutting chin, gruff voice—but he was just our decorator checking up on the drapes. So, you want to be a tough guy, huh?
See also: guy, tough

a ˈtough guy

(informal) a strong, independent-minded person who seems to be afraid of nothing: The most famous ‘tough guy’ in American movies was John Wayne.
See also: guy, tough

tough guy

n. a tough man; a man who might be part of the underworld. He was your typical tough guy—jutting chin, gruff voice—but he was just our decorator checking up on the drapes. So, you want to be a tough guy, huh?
See also: guy, tough
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Evocatively titled Dragged Across Concrete proves itself here as a tough-guy B-movie brimming with leanand-mean performances and a gritty 1970s thriller style.
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The language is lively and entertaining, with strong rhythms, and repetition to engage a young audience, an interesting vocabulary, and lots of tough-guy action that begs to be read aloud.
Margaret Thatcher was known as the Iron Lady for her tough-guy politics, but as we say our final goodbyes to Britain's only female prime minister, we should remember that the mineral that should have got the credit for her economic success was not iron but crude oil, Don Pittis writes.
The Hollywood actor, best known for his tough-guy roles in 70's and 80's action movies, has recently taken to the political stage as a major player for the American Tea Party.
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The good news is President Bush has resolved to stop taunting the world at large with his tough-guy, he-man posturing.
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American audiences in 1942 hoped the hard-bitten and cynical Rick would find it in his tough-guy heart to forgive and rescue the lovely Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) and to help her husband-hero Victor Lazlo (Paul Henreid) escape the snares of his Nazi captors.
Meanwhile, even he knows that he and intellectual, humorless Grace are ill matched; when he blurts out that he loves her, he's left "feeling barefoot surrounded by broken glass." When she finally breaks up with him, he realizes that "I gave my heart away to somebody who never wanted it." Salvation lays in Colt's unlikely but growing friendship with a new classmate, a forthright girl with green hair who sees through his tough-guy facade and tutors him in English.
David Mamet, the playwright and filmmaker best known for tough-guy works like Glengarry Glen Ross, seems to be going through a gay spell.
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