tough love


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tough love

Help, guidance, or advice given to someone in a manner that does not offer or tolerate leniency in rules or discipline. Treating someone in such a way can be done in general or, as is often the case, to try to change behavior or a particular problem, such as addiction. That boy's parents let him do whatever he wants, but he's in for some tough love when he gets to his grandmother's house—she's kind but strict! What I really wanted when I went to rehab was tough love, instead of more people enabling me.
See also: love, tough

tough ˈlove

treating somebody in a harsh way in order to help them improve their situation or change the way they behave: She believes in ‘tough love’ for dealing with disruptive youngsters.
See also: love, tough
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