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"tough love" in British English

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tough lovenoun [U]

uk   /ˌtʌf ˈlʌv/  us   /ˌtʌf ˈlʌv/
the ​fact of ​deliberately not ​showing too much ​kindness to a ​person who has a ​problem so that the ​person will ​start to ​solvetheir own ​problem
(Definition of tough love from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"tough love" in Business English

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tough lovenoun [U]

uk   us   HR
a way of ​dealing with someone who has a problem in which you do not show a lot of kindness so that they ​try to solve it themselves: His ​approach to ​management is often described as "tough love" or "no nonsense".
(Definition of tough love from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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