“When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” – English proverb

Don't give up

Proverb 29-07

In times of crisis, those who are most resilient and determined take action and prove they’re worth.

Example sentences from the web:

  • I realize we’re lost. But always remember, – “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.”
  • The football team was losing the game, so at half time the coach reminded them that when the going gets tough, the tough get going.
  • Anna lost her job and her boyfriend dumped her for her best friend. She carried on. When the going gets tough the tough gets going. Three months later she was in a better job and going out with a really nice guy.

If you still don’t get the meaning of this proverb …

The going” => the situation
Gets tough” => becomes difficult
The tough” => people who are strong and enduring
Get going”  => become fully engaged

There is a song named after this proverb: When the going gets tough, the tough get going by Billy Ocean.
If you like the 80s, listen to it! 😉

 

Lyrics:

When the going gets tough
The tough get going, tough, tough, huh, huh, huh
When the going gets tough, the tough get ready

Yeah, ooooh, du da do da

I got something to tell you
I got something to say
I’m gonna put this dream in motion
Never let nothing stand in my way
When the going gets touch
The tough get going

I’m gonna get myself ‘cross the river
That’s the price I’m willing to pay
I’m gonna make you stand and deliver
And give me love in the old-fashion way

Woooh

Darlin’, I’ll climb any mountain
Darlin’, I’ll do anything

Ooh, can I touch you (can I touch you)
And do the things that lovers do
Ooh, wanna hold you (wanna hold you)
I gotta get it through to you, oooh

When the going gets tough
The tough get going
When the going gets rough
The tough get rough
Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey
Ooooh baby

I’m gonna buy me a one-way ticket
Nothin’s gonna hold me back
Your love’s like a slow train coming (slow train coming)
And I feel it coming down the track (woh)

Darlin’, I’ll climb any mountain
Darlin’, I’ll do anything
Ooh (ooh) can I touch you (can I touch you)
And do the things that lovers do
Ooh, (ooh) wanna hold you (wanna hold you)
I gotta get it through to you (ooh)
‘Cause when the going gets tough
The tough get going
When the going gets rough
The tough get rough

Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Wooh, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

Darlin’, I’ll climb any mountain
Darlin’, I’ll swim any sea
Darlin’, I’ll reach for the heaven
Darlin’, with you lovin’ me
Oooh (oooh)

Oooh, can I touch you (can I touch you)
And do the things that lovers do (can I touch you)
Oooh, wanna hold you (wanna hold you)
I gotta get it through to you

When the going gets tough
Going gets tough
Going gets rough
Going gets rough…

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