be tough(redirected from being 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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