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Noun: toughie  tú-fee
  1. An aggressive and violent young criminal
    - hood, hoodlum, goon, punk [N. Amer], thug, tough, strong-armer
     
  2. A particularly difficult or baffling question or problem
    - poser, stumper, sticker

Derived forms: toughies

Type of: criminal, crook, felon, malefactor, outlaw, problem