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What is the difference between streng mit jmdm and streng gegen jmdn:

Ich bin streng damit, dass ich mein Haus sauber halte.

Er ist streng dagegen, dass seine Freundin mit ihren Freunden ausgeht.

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Your examples do not fit the title. –  Carsten Schultz Jan 5 at 15:04
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Your example Ich bin streng damit, dass ich mein Haus sauber halte. would be more common as

Ich achte streng darauf, dass ich mein Haus sauber halte.

Another sentence with streng mit:

Er ist streng mit sich selbst.

He adheres strictly to his principles.

So streng mit jemandem/etwas sein means to be hard on someone or e.g. the results of his work.

Ich bin streng dagegen, dass …

I am strictly opposed to

Same for streng gegen.

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A more litteral but still common translation of the first sentence would be Ich bin streng darin, mein Haus sauber zu halten.. –  Toscho Jan 13 at 8:29
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A short explanation in addition to very good examples in the other answers:

streng mit jemandem sein/umgehen and streng in etwas sein are fixed phrases meaning to be hard on someone resp. to adhere to principles.

In contrast, streng gegen etwas sein is a combination of the fixed phrase gegen etwas sein meaning to be opposed to and the adverbial streng meaning strictly.

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Let's use different examples:

Ich bin streng mit meinen Schülern

vs.

Ich bin streng gegen die Todesstrafe

The latter would usually be put as

Ich bin strikt gegen Todesstrafe (I'm strictly opposed to...)

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