get tough on

idiomatic phrase

Definition of get tough on

: to deal harshly with Greece promised last week to get tough on tax evasion …— Alan Clendenning Environmental groups and health agencies such as the American Lung Association have pushed lawmakers to get tough on polluters and enact stricter smog limits …— Melissa Knopper "… For a long time in the United States, the politics around law and order have been, get tough on crime. … "— Paul Butler

First Known Use of get tough on

1945, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of get tough on was in 1945

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get tough on

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“Get tough on.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2021.

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