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tough love

noun

Simple Definition of tough love

  • : love or concern that is expressed in a strict way especially to make someone behave responsibly

Full Definition of tough love

  1. :  love or affectionate concern expressed in a stern or unsentimental manner (as through discipline) especially to promote responsible behavior

1968

First Known Use of tough love

1968


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