a tough (or hard) nut to crack

a tough (or hard) nut to crack
informal
a problem or an opponent that is hard to solve or overcome.
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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 — 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 hard/tough ˈnut (to ˈcrack) idiom a difficult problem or situation to deal with Main entry: ↑nutidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • a hard nut to crack — ► a tough (or hard) nut to crack informal a problem or an opponent that is hard to solve or overcome. Main Entry: ↑nut …   English terms 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

  • tough\ 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

  • tough nut to crack — If something is a tough nut to crack, it is difficult to find the answer or solution. When used about a person, it means that it is difficult to get them to do or allow what you want. Hard nut to crack is an alternative …   The small dictionary of idiomes


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