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  1. tough guy, plug-uglynoun

    someone who bullies weaker people


  1. tough guy

    The Tough Guy Competition was an endurance challenge that claims to be the world's most demanding one-day survival ordeal. First staged in 1987 and organised by Billy Wilson under the pseudonym of "Mr. Mouse", it is held on a 600-acre (2.42 square km) farm in the English village of Perton, Staffordshire. It has been described as "the toughest race in the world", with up to one-third of the starters failing to finish in a typical year. After 27 stagings of the winter event, Wilson still claimed nobody had ever finished the course according to his extremely demanding rules. The race, and its summer equivalent, has suffered two fatalities during its history. Taking place at the end of January, often in freezing winter conditions, the Tough Guy race is staged over a course of over 9 miles (2016 about 15 kilometres). It consists of a cross-country run including many (2016 was nine) 50-metre slalom runs up and down a hill, over 6 feet deep mud and water filled ditches (resembling the Battle of the Somme), log jumps, followed by an assault course. Claimed to be tougher than any other publicly accessible worldwide, featuring over 25 obstacles through, under and over freezing water pools, over fire pits, rope bridges, nets and so on (see detail below). The organizers claim that running the course involves risking barbed wire, cuts, scrapes, burns, dehydration, hypothermia, acrophobia, claustrophobia, electric shocks, sprains, twists, joint dislocation and broken bones. Although the course is adjusted each year, its features have included a 40-foot (12.2 metres) crawl through flooded tunnels, balancing planks across a fire pit, and a half-mile wade through chest-deep muddy water. There are many high timber towers to climb with the Brandenburg gate at 50 feet being the highest. Marshals, dressed as warriors, fire amphibious tank gun blanks and let off exploding flares and smoke bombs over the heads of competitors as they crawl under a 70-metre section of barbed wire. Until 2000, some runners took part in the event carrying heavy wooden crucifixes. Entry fees start at £75 and increase on fixed dates as one gets nearer to the event, so the later one signs up for the event, the more one pays. Entrants have to be 16 or older. The event regularly attracts fields of up to 5,000 competitors, many from the United States, France, Germany and various countries around the world. Before taking part, entrants must sign a "death warrant", which acknowledges the many risks and dangers, and which the organizers claim absolves them of any legal liability in the case of injury. First aid is provided by doctors, paramedics, nurses, and 60 first aiders from St. John Ambulance. After a year's hiatus following the 2017 race, with three events held during this period on the traditional Tough Guy course under the "Mr Mouse Events" name (albeit with altered routes and distances), the winter "Mudathon" in February 2018 was filmed and later broadcast on BBC Two as part of the corporation's Sports Relief scheduling; it followed four celebrities on their journey to train and attempt to complete the "Tough Guy" course. Tough Guy HQ later announced it would be returning to its roots and has since restarted its Nettle Warrior and Tough Guy Original races under the original format and names, which it continues to hold annually.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tough guy in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tough guy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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  1. Britney Yanick:

    First, John Fetterman's campaign lied about wanting to debate Dr. Oz based on some secretive 'terms' that they won't share with anyone. Now, John Fetterman says he won't debate Doctor Oz 'in the first week of September.' That's another lie, he won't debate Doctor Oz at all, and we all know it. The WFMZ Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber debate makes TWO debates that Fetterman is ducking. So now we have two lies AND two ducked debates. We thought John Fetterman was a big tough guy, so what is he so afraid of? Is he afraid of defending his radical record of releasing murderers back on the streets? Let us know, John.

  2. No Kyrgios:

    Murray not playing helps, i mean the other three guys are I think still playing really good. Novak( Djokovic) is looking really confident. Rafael Nadal beat a tough guy today on grass.

  3. Richard Gasquet:

    I didn't play for six months, so it's great to be back here and reaching the semi-finals aged 33, goffin is a tough guy, one of the fastest from the baseline, so I will be prepared to battle and to fight.

  4. Vicente Luque:

    The game plan was pretty much what I did, but [to]not get hit as much as I did, hes a tough guy. This is my first decision win in the UFC. And it couldnt be to a tougher guy like Perry. Props to him. He really came in here and brought it. But I was pretty confident at the end of the fight.

  5. Frank Cappola:

    He was very upset about it his whole life. He was told to do it. My father was not a wise guy or a tough guy. He was a businessman, but he had to be put in that position because if you don't do it, they are going to do it to you.


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