toughen up

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toughen someone or something up

to cause someone or something to be stronger, more uncompromising, or more severe. A few days behind the service counter at the dis count store will toughen her up quickly. Having to deal with complaints toughened up the clerk quickly. She tried to toughen the skin on her palms up.
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toughen up

to become tougher, stronger, or more severe. She will toughen up after a while. You have to be tough around here to survive. You are going to have to toughen up if you want to play on the team.
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The matrix toughened by SBS can provide the toughness requirement.
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The morphology and fracture behavior of isotactic polypropylene toughened by styrene-ethylene-propylene (PP/SEP) were investigated.
Bucknall, Toughened Plastics, Applied Science, London (1977).
A DGEBA epoxy is toughened by two types of rubbers, a commonly used reactive liquid elastomer (CTBN) and a surface modified recycled rubber (R4200).
Now, South Scotland MSP, Emma Harper is launching an online consultation at the Scottish Parliament with the aim of using a Members Bill to toughen the law with regard to livestock attacks.
Fishing trawlers active close to the Chinese coast also might need more attention, with checks at the harbors of Kinmen, Kaohsiung and Keelung to be toughened up, CNA reported.
The Championship is a very difficult league and we need players who will put themselves Benitez is toughen a which was about a bit.
We need to be more ruthless." Wenger insisted: "I don't think we are soft." Although the Frenchman then conceded: "But, yes, -we need to toughen up.
"For me it's quite simple, we've got to get fitter and toughen up a little bit," said the former Sussex coach.
Members of the Parliament offer to toughen penalties for unauthorized occupation of land, according to the meeting of Ata-Meken faction held on February 20.
RUUD GULLIT believes the Premier League's young players are pampered too much and knows just how to toughen them up.
Stock markets in Europe fell for the third day on Monday, on concerns that the US and Europe could toughen sanctions against Russia, along with concerns over escalating violence in Gaza, Yahoo Finance reported on the same day.
ASTANA (CyHAN)- It is proposed to legislatively toughen the liability of individuals who offer housing for hire and get income from this in Kazakhstan, Kazakh Minister of Economy and Budget Planning, Erbolat Dossayev said at a government meeting while presenting a complex plan for combating the shadow economy in Kazakhstan for 2014-2015.