how to pronounce tough


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the above transcription of tough is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

tough is pronounced in one syllable

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An example use of tough in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… jeez brave that's a tough one I can tell …”

meaning of tough

Tough means difficult, challenging, or requiring great effort.

tough frequency in english - B1 level of CEFR

the word tough occurs in english on average 56.3 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for B1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

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