get-tough

get-tough
\\ ̷ ̷ˈ ̷ ̷\ adjective
Etymology: from the phrase get tough
: characterized by firmness and determination to act if and as necessary

a get-tough international policy

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/get"tuf"/, adj.
characterized by firmness, determination, aggressiveness, or severity: a get-tough policy.
[1955-60]

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get-tough «GEHT TUHF», adjective.
U.S. Informal. having to do with or marked by resolute, forceful action, usually involving harsh practical measures: »

an advocate of a get-tough policy with drug peddlers. Lenders are using several get-tough devices in their efforts to prevent borrowers from turning into delinquents (Wall Street Journal).

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adj. informal designating an approach or attitude characterized by assertiveness, firmness, or aggressiveness

the administration is implementing get-tough changes in the juvenile system | France's get-tough policy on illegal immigrants


Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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