hard nut to crack

a hard nut to crack & a tough nut to crack
Fig. difficult person or problem to deal with. •

This problem is getting me down. It's a hard nut to crack.

Tom sure is a hard nut to crack. I can't figure him out.

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also[tough nut to crack] {n. phr.}, {informal} Something difficult to understand or to do. * /Tom's algebra lesson was a hard nut to crack./ * /Mary found knitting a hard nut to crack./ Compare: HARD ROW TO HOE.

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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  • hard\ nut\ to\ crack — • hard nut to crack • tough nut to crack n. phr. informal Something difficult to understand or to do. Tom s algebra lesson was a hard nut to crack. Mary found knitting a hard nut to crack. Compare: hard row to hoe …   Словарь американских идиом

  • hard nut to crack — also[tough nut to crack] {n. phr.}, {informal} Something difficult to understand or to do. * /Tom s algebra lesson was a hard nut to crack./ * /Mary found knitting a hard nut to crack./ Compare: HARD ROW TO HOE …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • hard nut to crack — noun A particularly difficult problem to solve. Finding a generic solution to this set of problems has been a very hard nut to crack. Syn: difficult nut to crack, tough nut to crack …   Wiktionary

  • hard nut to crack — a person or thing not easily understood or influenced He is a hard nut to crack and is not close to many people …   Idioms and examples

  • hard nut to crack — a hard/tough ˈnut (to ˈcrack) idiom a difficult problem or situation to deal with Main entry: ↑nutidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • Hard nut to crack — 1. difficult question, undertaking, or problem; 2. person who is difficult to convince, understand, or know …   Dictionary of Australian slang

  • hard nut to crack — Australian Slang 1. difficult question, undertaking, or problem; 2. person who is difficult to convince, understand, or know …   English dialects glossary

  • hard nut to crack — unyielding, unbending, obdurate, stubborn …   English contemporary dictionary

  • a hard nut to crack — informal a person or thing that is difficult to understand or influence * * * a hard nut (to crack) see ↑nut • • • Main Entry: ↑hard * * * a hard/tough ˈnut (to ˈcrack) idiom a difficult problem or situation to deal with Main entry: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • a tough/hard nut to crack — see ↑nut • • • Main Entry: ↑crack …   Useful english dictionary


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