tough on (someone or something)

tough on (someone or something)

Particularly strict, stern, or severe with someone or something. You need to get tough on your kids, or they're never going to respect your authority. The new administration said it was going to be tough on political corruption. I know you think we're too tough on you, but we want you to reach your full potential.
See also: on, tough

*tough on someone

severe and demanding in dealing with someone. (*Typically: act ~; be ~; become ~; get~.) My boss is very tough on me, but I need the structure and discipline.
See also: on, tough