tough love

noun

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


TOUGH LOVE Defined for English Language Learners

tough love

noun

Definition of tough love for English Language Learners

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

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