a hard/tough nut (to crack)

noun phrase

: 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.

Dictionary Entries Near a hard/tough nut (to crack)

Cite this Entry

“A hard/tough nut (to crack).” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/a%20hard%2Ftough%20nut%20%28to%20crack%29. Accessed 27 Mar. 2023.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!


A Good Old-Fashioned Quiz

Spell It

Hear a word and type it out. How many can you get right?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Solve today's spelling word game by finding as many words as you can with using just 7 letters. Longer words score more points.

Can you make 12 words with 7 letters?

PLAY