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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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I saw it as a natural way of creating aggression and making sure they would toughen up.
The boys have been going to the gym after training so they're doing their bit to toughen up.
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.
Comment by AbbieG Tougher measures to ban drinking, begging and sex in public in Moseley Toughen up?
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.
Kicking off a tough parking enforcement program called the Tiger Team, city officials pledged Monday to aggressively cite and tow illegally parked cars and to toughen penalties.
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.
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.
The candidate said he wants to expand sheriff's patrols, supports husband-and-wife state lawmakers George and Sharon Runner's Jessica's Law that would toughen laws against sexual predators, and opposes high-density apartment complexes, saying the valley has a disproportionate share of subsidized rental units.
Creative Nail Design Toughen Up, pounds 10 Strengthens and toughens the nail while forming a sticky base to anchor polish.
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.