rough on, be









rough on, be


rough on, be 1

Be harmful to or difficult for, as in The harsh winter has been rough on the highways, or Their divorce was rough on the whole family.

2

Treat harshly, be severe with, as in The police have been very rough on house-breakers, or Don’t be too rough on Sam; he’s only a child. Both colloquial usages date from the second half of the 1800s.

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