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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 solve their own problem
(Definition of tough love from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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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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