How to sign tough in American Sign Language

Sign #1 (1 of 3)

Definition:

Difficult or strong

Sign Instructions:

Place your non-dominant hand in front of you with your hand sideways and your palm oriented towards yourself. Begin with your dominant hand in a higher position and bring it down so the the index and middle fingers of each hand make contact as you move your dominant hand down.

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Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Dominant Handshape for tough
Extend your index and middle fingers with a slight curl, folding the other fingers into your palm.

Non-Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Non-Dominant Handshape for tough
Extend your index and middle fingers with a slight curl, folding the other fingers into your palm.

Sign #2 (2 of 3)

Sign Instructions:

Place your non-dominant hand in front of you with your palm oriented downwards. Begin with your dominant hand in a higher position and then bring it down, making contact with your dominant hand as you move it downwards.

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Example Video

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Beginning and End Frames

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End of Sign

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Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Dominant Handshape for tough
Extend your index and middle fingers with a slight curl, folding the other fingers into your palm.

Non-Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Non-Dominant Handshape for tough
Make a fist with all fingers curled over the thumb, which is tucked in front of the fingers.

Sign #3 (3 of 3)

Sign Instructions:

Place your non-dominant hand in front of you with your palm oriented downwards. Begin with your dominant hand in a higher position and then bring it down, making contact with your dominant hand as you move it downwards.

Videos

Example Video

Tutorial Video

Sequential Image Breakdown

Sequential Breakdown of tough

Beginning and End Frames

Beginning of Sign

First Frame of tough

End of Sign

Final Frame of tough

Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Dominant Handshape for tough
Make a fist with all fingers curled over the thumb, which is tucked in front of the fingers.

Non-Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Non-Dominant Handshape for tough
Make a fist with all fingers curled over the thumb, which is tucked in front of the fingers.

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