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tough love

noun
1.
a mixture of toughness and warmth used in a relationship, especially with an adolescent.
Origin
1977
1977; after Toughlove, a network of support groups
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British Dictionary definitions for tough-love

tough love

noun
1.
the practice of taking a stern attitude towards a relative or friend suffering from an addiction, etc, to help the addict overcome the problem
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