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As an attractive and sturdy alternative to hardwood flooring, bamboo is tough to beat.
They have extremely strong jaws and wide, flat molars to chew tough vegetation such as tree bark and orchid bulbs.
Wobbly grip makes it tough to negotiate tight corners.
Many of the decisions that reach the president's desk are tough calls, with strong arguments on both sides.
The resulting composite is strong, tough, and yet elastic.
On the tough side, strict time limits can be applied to benefits.
When the easy and tough ones appeared with equal frequency, the students found both on the same screen.
And yes, it is a tough call-evaluation by someone else is called for.
Their meat is fairly tough and not widely eaten, but they are prized as game fish.
And for the eternal rebel, that's a tough thing to do.
The resulting powder can be added to a solvent to make inks or added to polymers to make composites such as tough tire rubber.
The various cartilages are connected to each other and to the bones by a tough fibrous membrane.
But then, he joked, his job is so tough that it leaves him only one hour a night to nap.
We did it to inspire the world to turn into the tough problems, not to turn away from them.
And he defends having given kids from tough backgrounds a chance to show off their skills for college coaches.
Making restaurant-style pie in the home kitchen can be tough.
Her speech is at times a little tough to understand.
These react with nearby metal atoms and form tough, protective films a few molecules thick to ameliorate the damage.
Mechanically speaking, silk fibers are as tough as steel.
It would have a tough time enforcing a curfew or monitoring who was coming and going from particular residences.
It's a tough job finding the middle ground, for writers and for researchers.
Soon skeptics may have a tough time denying that they are onto something big.
Food writing can be tough, but it's a breeze next to restaurant reviewing.
Digging clams and lobster fishing makes for a real tough way to make a living.
In many ways, its tough to conceive of an idea, much less a business to wrap around it.
As a result, some half a billion people are living with vision problems, which make it tough to read and work.
The reason for the meat sharing, however, was a mystery-though perhaps not too tough to guess.
Navigating the menu, for the uninitiated, can be tough.
Although it is easy to treat, adrenal insufficiency can be tough to diagnose.
It handles the rain well, and the tough nylon is durable.
Lin's also shown he's physically and mentally tough.
The underlying science is also, frankly, rather tough to explain.
When it dries, the fly-ash acts as a tough coating, able to withstand the elements in exposed places.
But a new study shows that songbirds' bones are actually pretty tough.
Remember that the job market is tough for everybody.
Such wonderful images make life tough on the judge who has to choose only one.
The monthly festival has turned out to be tough to pull off.
Amid such evangelical furor, it is tough to find pragmatic solutions that reflect the legitimate points on each side.
The larva pierces the spider's tough skin and sucks its blood for sustenance.
Sceptics are unlikely to be won over unless the tough talk leads to tough action to curb abuses.
They ate the sprouts of new flowers and the buds of apples and the tough leaves of oak trees and even last year's chaff.
It means making tough decisions about opening new offshore areas for oil and gas development.
Along with hardy evergreen conifers, tough deciduous trees and shrubs form the garden's backbone.
For a while, times will remain tough for mobile-phone companies.
Hidden away, they remain dormant as cysts, surrounding themselves with a tough cell wall.
But perhaps it wouldn't be that tough to use a one-cup-size filter holder.
It's all those other, harder, steps afterward that can be tough.
It's a bit tough to see, but it's the oddly wobbly circular shape right in the middle of this photo.
Let's not get all teary-eyed when they do it in a tough, brutal, violent way.
But it was also about sending a signal to voters that the government was getting tough.
It's cheap, tough and almost open-source in its expandability.
However, finding an available office for me was tough going, even for my motivated dean.
The incidence of shark disease is tough to ascertain.
It's the reason he's stuck around so long and been so productive: he's a tough guy.
Skating fosters a kind of athletic sisterhood that's tough to find once you leave high school or college.
Ethan has to make some decisions affecting his family and some of them are tough ones.
They are convenient and fast, if expensive and tough to store in some areas.
Urban-living carrion crows have learned to use road traffic for cracking tough nuts.
Soon, he took on the mannerisms of a gangster, and began to act tough and talk out of the corner of his mouth.
After all, when conditions are tough, it might make sense to focus on surviving rather than breeding.
So multinationals will have some tough decisions to make about these growth plans.
Adults can have a tough time learning a new language.
It's tough at the outset, but the pay goes up fairly regularly and it allows you to actually enjoy your life.
Over the last few years, the positive side of this story has been a tough sell.
The result is a material similar to cement, which makes a suitably tough paint.
The greenback finds itself in tough times these days.
Otherwise it might be tough, as they probably have different candidates lined up.
These tough animals are solitary, and they need a lot of room to roam.
It leaves companies unable to weather tough times, and allows private-equity firms to make money even if things go wrong.
Even in these tough times, mortgage money is available.
Or maybe they need enhanced intelligence to extract food embedded in a tough shell or to collect termites hiding in a mound.
When the market is tough, alumni are invaluable sources of internships, introductions and ultimately jobs.
Such a diet might be do-able for captive mice and monkeys, but it would be a tough sell for people.
Sure, it's tough-but please, no round-the-world racing.
Determining whether an industry is in a recession is tough, because there is no such technical definition.
For the moment, it's not clear why the spider needs such tough silk.
But the law will be long on good intentions and short on tough measures.
Aced out by other amino acids, tryptophan thereby has a tough time hitching a ride to the brain.
Be grateful if your committee is tough on you during the design and proposal-writing phase.
Times may be tough, but that doesn't mean you have to resort to off-brand booze.
As a result, brain problems are tough to diagnose and to treat.
When times are tough, the old business adage goes, it's important not to look desperate.
Your policemen are so tough they can lift a bull by the horns.
It can be tough to make these distinctions and discern when a new product solves only the problem it created.
Cities can be tough to shoot even for experienced photographers.
Her prison term was long enough to have taught her, as she says, that she could get into tough situations and manage.
In particular, they looked at enamel, the tough covering that caps the teeth of humans and other vertebrates.
There have been other tough codes to crack in history.
Another possible reason for drafting tough new green policies is that current ones are flopping.
Obviously, it would be tough to code a system that noone can possibly understand.
Bacteria in the marsupials' intestines turn the tough leaves into useful chemicals.
That's a mighty tough question because biologists are only beginning to figure out techniques for finding them.
Another problem is the watering down of tough requirements and procedures as new members join.
There is nothing at all wrong with a tough physical regimen.
Trees that grow here have to be tough and resilient.
Art, swimming, and ornithology were his primary interests at the tough local comprehensive school.
It's tough to stand out on a newsstand crowded with concept covers and abundant cleavage.
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