Can "hang in there" and "hang tough" be used both affirmatively and as an exclamation?
- Johnson and Walsh who are our best players are ruled out; we've got a slim chance of reaching the final.
- Hang in there!/Hang tough!
He shrugged off their discouragement and said: "I'll be hangin' in there/hangin' tough."
Are these examples fine?
Yes, they mean the same thing.