Doing some thing really wierd or unexpected, absolutely extra ordinary and uncalled for because of love.
Shady's mum kicked him out of the house because he continued to do drugs and play video game all day. She's gat tough love

Glass sold his car to buy a Ruby for his gal friend.Talk of tough love. What a guy! (Ofcourse I'd never do this. Not my Cruiser!)

by Julius Glass Mussenze November 04, 2005

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Another version of "being cruel to be kind". To show somebody some tough love today will save them heartache in the future but may cause a small amount of upset for the reciever immediately after the "Tough Love" has been dispensed. They would suffer more if you let them get on with their life with no interference from third parties.
Leo-"I'm gonna ask that girl out on a date"
Chris-"You'd be wasting your time, you are ugly, overweight and suffer severely from B.O. and thats just your good points, take it from me, she will reject you, maybe not straight away, perhaps she will rinse your bank account first, but you have no future with that girl, I'm sorry mate the writing is on the wall"
Leo-"Harsh words, but priceless advice, I guess thats what they call tough love"
Chris-"It sure is, look it up on the Urban dictionary, on second thoughts, you better not"
by Chris VG May 09, 2007

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an excuse domineering people use to rationalize abusing others.
He said he was only practicing tough love on her, but her intuition said he's really trying to control her when he refuses to let her go out with her friends.
by STP2 June 03, 2007

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A bullshit excuse to mistreat and severely scar your loved one's
He calls it tough love, but all he's doing is treating her like dirt.
by justsaying0007 October 03, 2010

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to care for someone while remaining unsympathetic and being strict
Children need tough love today in order to become productive members of society.
by Gerard Irick December 24, 2009

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This phrase was coined by Bill Milliken when he published the book of the same name in 1968 and revised it with Char Meredith in 1971.

It has become widely used and copied with numerous authors writing books of the same title or employing the phrase in their title. It occurs frequently in the news as well.

The phrase refers to the practice of setting boundries for children.
Mom: She is staying out all night and her friends are drinking heavily. I am worried about her.

Dad: You just have to use tough love and ground her until she has time to see how ill advised her choices really are.
by Malangthon October 08, 2010

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stopping the ones you love from reproducing for the sakes of others.
Big brother showed his little sister some tough love when he told her he'd hit her pressure points if she did drugs.
by RNC_CSA January 10, 2010

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An excuse for a parent/guardians to drink excessive amounts of alcohol to the point where they deem it necessary to inflict pain physically and or sexually to their underage children for their own pleasure. This reason is usually told to the victim to keep them from going to the police.
Dad: "barges in kids room drunk" you sun of a beech imma teach you ta leave da kitchen light on!

Son: No daddy please dont put you wand in my pooper again... AHHHH..... why me daddy why?!?!

Dad: itz called tough love sun. it'll make ya a good person... now spread them cheeckz wider!
by Enatap Ynohtna February 16, 2010

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