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Resembling a thug in dress or behaviour, tough-looking. In extended use, as a term of approval: tough, hardened, or dispassionate.
1990s. From thug + -ed + out [preposition, interjection], after participial formations such as freaked-out, weirded out, chilled out, etc.
thugged out/ˈθʌɡd ˌaʊt/
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