Definition of toughly adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈtʌfli//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʌfli//
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  1. 1in a way that demands that particular rules be obeyed and shows a lack of sympathy for any problems or suffering that this may cause a toughly worded ultimatum We need to react toughly against those who were harbouring terrorists.
  2. 2in a way that shows somebody is strong or determined a toughly contested game