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be cruel to be kind

to do or say something that ​causes someone ​pain because you ​believe that it will ​help them
(Definition of be cruel to be kind from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “be cruel to be kind”
in Chinese (Simplified) 虽让人痛苦却有所帮助, 忠言逆耳, 良药苦口…
in Chinese (Traditional) 雖讓人痛苦卻有所助益, 忠言逆耳, 苦口良藥…
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