a hard/tough nut (to crack)

noun phrase

Definition of a hard/tough nut (to crack)

: a person or thing that is difficult to deal with, understand, or influence
  • The team's defense is a tough nut to crack.
  • The problem is a hard nut to crack.
  • He's a tough nut, but I think I can get him to agree to the contract.

Word by Word Definitions

hard play
  1. : not easily penetrated : not easily yielding to pressure

  2. : not capable of being spread : very firm

  3. : having a harsh or acid taste

  1. : with great or utmost effort or energy : strenuously

  2. : in a violent manner : fiercely

  3. : to the full extent

tough play
  1. : difficult to accomplish, resolve, endure, or deal with

  2. : capable of enduring strain, hardship, or severe labor

  3. : unruly, rowdyish

  1. : in a tough manner (see 1tough)

  1. : a tough and violent person : rowdy

  1. : to bear unflinchingly : endure

crack play
  1. : to make a very sharp explosive sound

  2. : to break, split, or snap apart

  3. : fail: such as

  1. : a loud roll or peal

  2. : a sudden sharp noise

  3. : a sharp witty remark : quip

  1. : of superior excellence or ability


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