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toughen someone or something up

to cause someone or something to be stronger, more uncompromising, or more severe. A few days behind the service counter at the dis count store will toughen her up quickly. Having to deal with complaints toughened up the clerk quickly. She tried to toughen the skin on her palms up.
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toughen up

to become tougher, stronger, or more severe. She will toughen up after a while. You have to be tough around here to survive. You are going to have to toughen up if you want to play on the team.
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Their mistakes are highlighted on the telly or on YouTube and they have to toughen up.
Most often, recurrent blister sites toughen benignly into calluses and that's the end of it.
The Local Government Association (LGA) is calling on the government to toughen up legislation in the Localism Bill, currently going through Parliament, which would make the registered keeper of a car liable for littering offences in the same way they are for speeding tickets or fly-tipping.
Later Bagheri and Pearson (16) used micro voids to toughen a system of diglycidyl ether of bisphenol A (DGEBA) with amino ethyl piperazine as the hardener.
The Japanese securities industry is planning to toughen its guidelines for initial public offerings and equity issues as the Livedoor Co.
Gareth Batty has launched a strong defence of county cricket and claims it has helped toughen him up as he prepares for his first England tour of Bangladesh and Sri Lanka this winter.
On the other hand, I wanted to toughen the responsibility of businessmen, directors of companies for the results of their work, the head of state remarked.
The Parliament of Kyrgyzstan offers to toughen punishment for individuals involving people into prostitution.
Because I was in a wholly maternal state at the point when we were supposed to start shooting, Doug said, 'OK, get your a** into boot camp and toughen up, lady,'" The Daily Star quoted Watts as saying.
The condition of using the rigid filler to toughen a polymer is that the polymer matrix should have good intrinsic toughness.
Creative Nail Design Toughen Up, pounds 10 Strengthens and toughens the nail while forming a sticky base to anchor polish.
But Gray said the small number of bunkers also gives management more options for narrowing fairways to toughen conditions for tournaments.
Gro Harlem Brundtland, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO), urged Japan on Thursday to toughen controls on tobacco in order to promote the health of the Japanese people.
Several methods have been successfully employed to toughen different polymeric systems (18-22).
On the same day as the opening of the street-racing feature film ``2 Fast 2 Furious,'' the Los Angeles City Council passed a measure to toughen the city's laws against street racing.