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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.
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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
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"It has been tough, they (Torquay) had been in a relegation battle for the last three seasons really, and were relegated this season just gone, so it has been a tough few years as a team," said Young.
She added: "But more importantly they've been tough for everybody on all sides that have been affected by the issues highlighted by this case and throughout the three-year police investigation and through our eight-month trial we've always tried to keep our troubles in perspective."
The former Reading, Chelsea and Aston Villa man added: "The managerial situation has been tough, but it is all an excuse really.
"Training under this manager has been tough - but it can be tougher.
"The ground was all churned up and it would have been tough for him to find a decent spot."
He added: "It's been tough, it's something I've been dealing with on and off for 18 months.
Players in the dressing room have rallied when times have been tough, and most pleasing is the chairman's faith in me."
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.
Over the last couple of years it has been tough with the landlords - leopards that don't change their spots.