be tough

be tough

To be stern or commanding with someone. Tell Aunt Margie that she needs to be tough with the kids, or else they'll never listen to her.
See also: tough

be/get ˈtough (on/with somebody)

be strict with somebody whose behaviour you do not like; be ready to punish somebody: It’s time to get tough with football hooligans.be tough on crime
See also: get, tough
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So it is going to be tough, but I will be trying my best.
Vijender admits it will be tough facing Royer, who has fought 44 pro bouts
RONNY DEILA would be happy to stay at Celtic for the long term despite admitting life at Parkhead can be tough.
We do pay a lot of tax but we are tax sensible as every business is and why is it because I am involved in these things some people think are idealistic but I think are very pragmatic things - why can't U2 be tough in business?
Nolan said: "It is going to be tough and we know that.
Men, on the other hand, are encouraged from boyhood to be tough and thick-skinned and to hide their softer emotions.
That's been one of my blessings; I am tough when I need to be tough, and I can be a no-nonsense lady," she said.
The old attitude, she explained, may have been that policing was a 'tough job' - if you were to face the abuse from the public, you should be tough enough to face it from colleagues.
Clippers (27-46) update: The Clippers still need one more victory to surpass last season's victory total, and it will be tough against the Midwest Division-leading Timberwolves.
The Surrey left-hander, who replaces the injured Nasser Hussain, said: "It's going to be tough but all the Test matches I have played for England have been tough so it's not as if I am going to do something I have not done before.
Because I was younger and smaller than the other two I had to be tough to hold my own.
It is a tall order and it is going to be tough," admitted Hartson, who pulled off a similar feat when he first joined West Ham with Paul Kitson on February 14 four years ago, "but everyone has got to be positive.
Be tough says Lisa Harris leaping over the fence in a single bound and sauntering off in the same direction as my brother.
We were very close - it's going to be tough because I know he'll be on my mind.
Julio Gonzalez, On learning to be tough while growing up with his four brothers