tough guy

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n tough guy someone who bullies weaker people
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Usage

In literature:

I was a tough guy all right, an' I was mighty proud of it.
"The Mucker" by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Old Man Werner had, perhaps, been something of a tough guy himself, in his youth.
"Cheerful--By Request" by Edna Ferber
But Josh is a wise guy, as well as tough.
"The Triumph of John Kars" by Ridgwell Cullum
In fact, he's a rather nice guy in a tough spot.
"Ten From Infinity" by Paul W. Fairman
Probably wouldn't be tough at all if a guy could just think.
"Eight Keys to Eden" by Mark Irvin Clifton
I'll hustle round to the gin-mills an' get hold of a pair of tough guys.
"Heart of the Blue Ridge" by Waldron Baily
Murder was in his heart, and the urge to break this tough guy Fenton with his bare hands.
"Vulcan's Workshop" by Harl Vincent
Seems to me the guy whoever it is is a pretty hot tough, an' he's livin' in the hills.
"The Golden Woman" by Ridgwell Cullum
I like these tough games, a guy feels so good all over when he wins 'em.
"Kid Scanlan" by H. C. Witwer
Surely is a great big guy, and tough looking, too.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, June, 1930" by Various
Kinda tough on a guy, with a comet like Dan in the family.
"Martyr" by Alan Edward Nourse
But you certainly looked and acted quite the tough guy, old thing.
"Dave Dawson on Guadalcanal" by Robert Sydney Bowen
At Ellington, this guy had such a tough time at first, got so hot, that he was made a check pilot and put in charge of a stage or section.
"Test Pilot" by Jimmy Collins
Then, because he was convinced that only tough guys can get along, he hit the teacher with a chair.
"The Black Fawn" by James Arthur Kjelgaard
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In poetry:

Jim was the tough guy of Texas,
Quick on the draw was Jim,
He'd pull out his gun but like blazes he'd run,
If the other guy was tougher than him.
"A Tale Of The Rockies" by Billy Bennett
For he had treated us that tried to ride him kinda tough,
And we all claimed Coyote's back was mighty awful rough;
Well, anyway, this guy came out with a lot uh ridin' gear,
And the fun and jokes we poked at him, he didn't seem to hear.
"That Bucking Bronk, Coyote" by Curley Fletcher

In news:

Only a tough guy on the outside.
Despite two interruptions for rain, the staff at Mercer Raceway Park held tough and completed the 13th Annual Little Guy Nationals Sunday night.
However, it did prove that Renner has no problem parodying his tough guy action persona.
But they do, with help from Brian McCullough, Baltimore's secret weapon of jewelry for the tough-guy set.
Tough guy Gary Suter reached a $10 million, three-year contract agreement with the San Jose Sharks on the opening day of the NHL free agent market Wednesday.
The kindest, tough guy the world has ever known.
It would be a tough sell to the fans and media of South Florida to hire a guy with only one year of coordinator experience to coach this mess of a team.
Some of Toby Keith's 'bad A' patriotic songs can make him sound like a tough guy, but the truth is that the country star is always willing to donate time and money to help sick children and other people in need.
Girardi a tough guy with a tough team.
On the Tough Guy Web site at www. toughguy .co.uk a phrasing under the course description reads.
Tough Guy Challenge Week 3.
Chrysler's tough-guy ad scores parody gold.
Look-at-me Costumes: Tough Guy Caveman Costume.
Israel's Netanyahu banks on tough guy image to win early elections.
Jay Cutler a tough guy .
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