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tough love

noun [U] uk   us  
the fact of deliberately not showing too much kindness to a person who has a problem so that the person will start to solve their own problem
Translations of “tough love”
in Chinese (Traditional) (為迫使某人解決自身問題採取的)強制手段…
in Chinese (Simplified) (为迫使某人解决自身问题采取的)强制手段…
(Definition of tough love from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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