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toughness

[′təf·nəs]
(mechanics)
A property of a material capable of absorbing energy by plastic deformation; intermediate between softness and brittleness.

toughness

1. The ability of a structural material to resist shock or impact; its ability to absorb energy before fracture.
2. The ability of a cladding, coating, or paint film to resist abrasion, chipping, or cracking.

Toughness

Kojak
tough, New York City plainclothes detective. [TV: Terrace, 445]
Nolan, Jim
hard-bitten, he rouses fellow migrant workers to strike. [Am. Lit.: In Dubious Battle]
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As I look forward into the next several quarters, I could argue that the tough but prudent decision for my company to make would be to cut a few people from the payroll, freeze all pay for a year, cut capital spending to zero and make the tough decision to hunker down to weather what appears to be a very long economic storm.
Organiser Bill Wilson, a former Grenadier Guard, believes that "these guys think they're tough, so they should be tested."
Serhat Kotak, marketing director, Industrial Labeling Systems in Chelmsford, MA, USA, says tough duty labels are used on many products that are in harsh environments.
He's been told to not call on me because I am going to ask a very tough question, such as, Why are we there?
Under pressure from the Administration and OFHEO, Fannie was compelled to call upon one of its congressional supporters, Democrat Barney Frank (MA), the ranking member of the House Financial Services Committee, to complain that OFHEO was being too tough. The sight of a liberal Democrat complaining about excessive regulation is unusual enough, but it follows the virtually unanimous Democratic opposition to a tough GSE regulatory bill that was adopted by the Senate Banking Committee.
Are we really going to be tough on the causes of crime?
Rather than celebrate the "gangsta" persona, the film seeks to condemn both violent masculinity and the routine killing of black men, which is so often a consequence of young black men adopting the "tough guise." As Todd Boyd points out, the film ultimately privileges a critique of "hard" masculinity over the iconography of "gangsta" culture (97).
The use of SMC and SRIM provides an extremely tough and durable component.
Although the saying rings true--and has lots of value in tough economic times--sometimes those who are tough can be a bit too tough when they get going and their efforts can become counterproductive.
Next to the new building is the little, modest, but tough (though elegant) San Bernardo chapel, white and Spanish colonial, in a timeless Counter-Reformation style that can be seen from Cadiz to Cartagena.