One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A man, especially one of a particular type.‘the Raiders quarterback is one tough hombre’
fellow, individual, character, wretch, beggar, soulView synonyms
- ‘I'd hazard a guess and suggest there were one or two tough hombres to negotiate with in these outfits, so coming to sunny Scotland to deal with us wimps should be a stroll in the park for our Ian.’
- ‘Like the Mexican hombres, the Argentine fighters are always tough, durable and quite simply hard to beat.’
- ‘Tough times take a tough hombre who can roll with the punches and fight back when necessary, and isn't afraid of violating some unwritten code by informing us of his opponent's flaws.’
- ‘Malignaggi is a tough hombre who fought an entire fight with one good hand and he did not allow the pain in his right hand to subdue his attack.’
- ‘Generously listed at 6'2’ but all of 205 pounds, he's also very clearly the toughest hombre on the Suns.’
- ‘Fans have come to appreciate the rare hombre who can hang in and pitch a complete game.’
- ‘Not the least of his talents was keeping himself physically fit to hump his load up over 10,000 foot peaks and keep up with those very tough hombres, the men of the 10th Mountain Division, all the while doing his reporting.’
- ‘As I mentioned, I like the place a lot and the bartender that was dealing with us was a cool hombre.’
- ‘I gotta go now, but remember, hombres: Life in the fast lane is the only lane to live life in.’
- ‘There were four of them, nasty-looking hombres with guns in their hands.’
- ‘‘I hear your opponent's one tough hombre,’ he said, casually aiming his pistol at the Duke's belly.’
- ‘‘Looks like your outmatched, hombre,’ said the little man.’
- ‘I've quit a few jobs in my day, hombres, but none ever felt as good as quitting that one.’
- ‘‘Everybody, get your hands up,’ a mean-looking hombre shouted as he moved down the aisle of the middle car.’
- ‘This is the same hombre who last month paid 1500 for a parrot.’
- ‘One thing no one questions is how focused these two hombres are.’
- ‘But you're a tough hombre who's ready to saddle up and buy some stocks at bargain prices.’
Mid 19th century (originally denoting a man of Spanish descent): Spanish, ‘man’, from Latin homo, homin-.
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