Tough cookie!

Do you know the English expression “to be a tough cookie“? Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning?

Zoe: How is your brother? I heard he lost his job and lost his house.

Andrew: Oh he’s fine. He has many problems but he’s a tough cookie. He’s already looking for a new job and he’s staying with our parents while he looks for a new house.

Does it mean:

a) to be strong

b) to be rude

c) to be tough towards other people

d) to be poor

The answer is below! ↓

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Answer: a) to be strong