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 Dictionary entry overview: What does tough guy mean? 

TOUGH GUY (noun)
  The noun TOUGH GUY has 1 sense:

1. someone who bullies weaker people

  Familiarity information: TOUGH GUY used as a noun is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

TOUGH GUY (noun)

Sense 1tough guy [BACK TO TOP]


Someone who bullies weaker people

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Nouns denoting people


plug-ugly; tough guy

Hypernyms ("tough guy" is a kind of...):

bully; hooligan; roughneck; rowdy; ruffian; tough; yob; yobbo; yobo (a cruel and brutal fellow)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "tough guy"):

Ted; Teddy boy (a tough youth of 1950's and 1960's wearing Edwardian style clothes)

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