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get tough with (someone)
To become strict or stern with and ready to discipline someone. You need to get tough with the kids if they won't listen to you. I had to start getting tough with the members of my team to get the project back on schedule.
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get tough with
Become harsh, severe, unyielding with someone. For example, We have to get tough with these people or we'll get nowhere. [c. 1930]
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