be rough on (someone)


: to punish or criticize (someone) harshly
Don't be so rough on them for making a mistake.

Examples of be rough on (someone) in a Sentence

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“Be rough on (someone).” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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