Definition of tough love noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


tough love

BrE BrE//ˌtʌf ˈlʌv//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌtʌf ˈlʌv//
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the fact of helping somebody who has problems by dealing with them in a strict way because you believe it is good for them While he may generally be a liberal parent, where drugs are concerned he believes in tough love. There are occasions when only tough-love solutions will work.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: tough love