from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Informal Marked by resoluteness, aggressiveness, or austerity: the government's new get-tough policy on organized crime.


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  • For the lawmakers, it's a get-tough fitness dogma that mirrors their promises to pump up job growth and chisel away flabby federal programs.

    The Fight Against Government Flab Is Personal for These Politicians

  • The government's get-tough attitude comes a day after tens of thousands of Egyptians turned out in unprecedented demonstrations demanding the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak, who has ruled the country for three decades.

    Clinton urges Egypt not to prevent peaceful protests

  • Attorney General Eric Holder, by threatening get-tough measures should Proposition 19 pass -- in an obvious and naked attempt by the Obama administration to throw its weight behind the political forces opposing the measure -- has more than earned this week's Most Disappointing Democrat Of The Week award.

    Chris Weigant: Friday Talking Points [144] -- Midterm Home Stretch

  • The OCC and other bank regulators have been accused of coddling the firms they are supposed to be overseeing while agencies that have advocated a get-tough approach have been criticized for trying to gum up the financial machinery that makes the U.S. economy hum.

    Obama officials, attorneys general closer to possible deal with banks in foreclosure mess

  • The Securities and Exchange Commission sent a get-tough message to the mutual-fund industry as part of a $3.3 million settlement with Morgan Stanley over allegedly shoddy oversight of an outside fund adviser.

    First Shot Fired in Fee Fight

  • The SEC sent a get-tough message to the mutual-fund industry as part of a $3.3 million settlement with Morgan Stanley involving oversight of an outside fund adviser.

    What's News: Business & Finance

  • As sordid accounts of the platoon's activities continue to emerge, critics inside and outside the Army are questioning whether the brigade's get-tough strategy, which emphasized enemy kills over civilian relations, influenced the behavior of the accused.

    Brigade's strategy: 'Strike and destroy'

  • What is needed is a get-tough policy on those who promote racial and ethnic hatred, and who support policies that discriminate against the poorest and the most disadvantaged among us.

    Janet Langhart Cohen: Dr. King, a Monumental Man

  • Mr. Arpaio, who bills himself as "America's Toughest Sheriff," has long trumpeted his get-tough policies—including making jail inmates wear pink underwear.

    Sheriff Is Accused of Bias

  • Tuesday's decision was expected after Prime Minister David Cameron and other members of the coalition government called for his knighthood to be revoked, amid their get-tough stance on banks.

    No Sir: CEO's Knighthood Is Nixed


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