get tough with

Become harsh, severe, unyielding with someone. For example, We have to get tough with these people or we'll get nowhere. [c. 1930]


Nearby words

  1. get to one's feet,
  2. get to the bottom of,
  3. get to the heart of,
  4. get to the point,
  5. get together,
  6. get under one's skin,
  7. get under someone's skin,
  8. get up,
  9. get up on the wrong side of bed,
  10. get up on the wrong side of the bed

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