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be hard on
To treat someone strictly or with severe reproach. I know I didn't do well on the exam, but I didn't expect my dad to be so hard on me about it—he grounded me for a month!
be hard on (one)
1. To treat one overly strictly or harshly. Please don't be hard on Tessa—she's such a sensitive kid.
2. To be unfair or difficult for one to endure. It's hard on me to watch you suffer like this.
be ˈhard on somebody
1 treat, criticize or punish somebody too severely: Don’t be too hard on little Emma. She didn’t intend to break the cup.
2 be unfair to somebody; be unfortunate for somebody: It’s hard on the people who have to work on New Year’s Day.