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tough lovenoun [U]

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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…
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