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hang tough (third-person singular simple present hangs tough, present participle hanging tough, simple past and past participle hung tough)

  1. (idiomatic, intransitive) To remain strong-willed or brave, especially when experiencing duress or adversity.
    • 1994 Oct 24, Richard Corliss, "CINEMA: False Hoops," Time:
      But Hoop Dreams isn't mainly about sport, or even about life and death in the inner city. It's about families hanging tough on nerve and prayer.

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