tough love

noun
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of tough love

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

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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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