toughen up


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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.
See also: up
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Foran said: "We need to toughen up and be more aggressive.
The boys have been going to the gym after training so they're doing their bit to toughen up.
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.
Mjallby also said refs should toughen up in the face of criticism.
Their mistakes are highlighted on the telly or on YouTube and they have to toughen up.
He said: "I had to toughen up quick when I arrived here.
All of these "preventive" measures ultimately lengthen the time it takes the skin to toughen up.
The findings of the research build the case for business people to toughen up.
The research also suggests that senior managers in the regions (outside London) may need to toughen up even more.
THE ICC may toughen up their disciplinary procedures in the wake of Scotland's stormy I-Cup Final clash with Afghanistan.
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.
ARSENE WENGER has warned new French defender Pascal Cygan he will need to toughen up for the rigours of the Premiership.
The plans also give unmarried fathers greater parental responsibility and toughen up the law on domestic violence.
I told the game company to toughen up the baddies," says Anthony.