a tough nut to crack


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a tough nut to crack

1. A difficult task to complete. Getting an A in this class will be a tough nut to crack. You want me to find more money in the budget? Ha, there's a tough nut to crack!
2. A challenging and/or unreasonable person to understand or deal with. Our super-strict principal is a tough nut to crack, so I hope Kate can convince her to let us host this event. Because our boss usually keeps to himself, I have no idea what his interests are—he's a tough nut to crack.
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As I said, it will be a tough nut to crack, but with various organisations getting involved, it's nothing that can't be achieved.
Sharing intelligence and operational information in an appropriate manner is turning out to be quite a tough nut to crack," says Vic Winkler, security architect for Sun Microsystems.
And, runner-up in two of his three starts in handicap hurdles, should prove a tough nut to crack if, as expected, the step-up to two and a half miles brings about further improvement.
MY WEEK Punting dominated by Morocchius twice; golf dominated by a chronic slice; Reading dominated Barnsley and scored three times On the mark Delegator did a remarkable impression of Mark Of Esteem at Goodwood yesterday and will be a tough nut to crack in the QEII Busy week ahead trawling through my favourite race, the Cambridgeshire, and the Cesarewitch as well.
Whoever they field they will be a tough nut to crack.
Queens Park, buoyed by their victory over Afan Lido in the Welsh Cup, will prove a tough nut to crack.
Mix that with a more-than-adequate offense, and Wright is a tough nut to crack.
Villa are in good form themselves, however, and will be a tough nut to crack.
County had hauled themselves within sight of Second Division safety by picking up 13 points from the last available 15 but found Chesterfield a tough nut to crack.
Mighty Moss, the medium of several large wagers including one of an even pounds 15,000, found Last Option a tough nut to crack, but the latter was not helped by a mistake two out and though he rallied gamely, he was two and a half lengths adrift at the line.
England will be a tough nut to crack in Paris today, but victory will see France well on their way.