tough love


tough love

noun

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

Full Definition of TOUGH LOVE

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

First Known Use of TOUGH LOVE

1968

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