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

  • n. The use of strict disciplinary measures and limitations on freedoms or privileges, as by a parent or guardian, as a means of fostering responsibility and expressing care or concern.

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  • n. The compassionate use of stringent disciplinary measures, to attempt to improve someone's behavior.


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  • Three months of tough love at the hands of the Carmelites were more than enough for her.

    the mission song


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