"the going gets tough, the tough gets going"

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phalkun

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I heard this idiom,
"the going gets tough, the tough gets going". I think i know the meaning but i'm not quite sure. Does it mean like, for example, if someone is trying to do something but utimately gives up ?

Let me know if i'm wrong, not quite right.

Cheers. :D
 

Casiopea

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phalkun said:
I heard this idiom,
"the going gets tough, the tough gets going". I think i know the meaning but i'm not quite sure. Does it mean like, for example, if someone is trying to do something but utimately gives up ?

Let me know if i'm wrong, not quite right.

Cheers. :D

When life become difficult, the strong rise to the challenge; they fight to survive/win! :wink:
 
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phalkun

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Casiopea said:
phalkun said:
I heard this idiom,
"the going gets tough, the tough gets going". I think i know the meaning but i'm not quite sure. Does it mean like, for example, if someone is trying to do something but utimately gives up ?

Let me know if i'm wrong, not quite right.

Cheers. :D

When life become difficult, the strong rise to the challenge; they fight to survive/win! :wink:

I don't really get you. Can you explain a bit more plz? Can it mean something else?

Thanks alot.
 
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phalkun

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Casiopea said:
phalkun said:
I heard this idiom,
"the going gets tough, the tough gets going". I think i know the meaning but i'm not quite sure. Does it mean like, for example, if someone is trying to do something but utimately gives up ?

Let me know if i'm wrong, not quite right.

Cheers. :D

When life become difficult, the strong rise to the challenge; they fight to survive/win! :wink:

I don't really get you. Can you explain a bit more plz? Can it mean something else?

Thanks alot.
 

Francois

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The going gets tough => life/things become difficult
the tough gets going => tough/strong persons march on/are not stopped by adversity

The saying means: don't give up when it gets difficult.

FRC
 

Casiopea

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Francois said:
The going gets tough => life/things become difficult
the tough gets going => tough/strong persons march on/are not stopped by adversity

The saying means: don't give up when it gets difficult.

FRC

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A.Russell

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Tough has two meanings. It could mean hard or dificult, it could also mean a strong person.

So in this case, the idiom means, when times/situations are hard/tough, tough/strong people kick arse.
 

shamim_h

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Can it also mean, suppose I am in a job and the facility has decreased. That means, the going is getting tough. So I plan to switch job coz I know I can find another. Meaning the tough gets going.
 
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