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a hard egg to crack

A person, thing, situation, or problem that is particularly difficult to understand, solve, or deal with. I've been dating Jenny for over a year, and I still think she's a hard egg to crack! Figuring out the best way to modernize our product without alienating existing customers is definitely a hard egg to crack. The spy we captured is a hard egg to crack—he hasn't said a thing since we began the interrogation.
See also: crack, egg, hard
References in classic literature ?
Here he by no means diminished the impression he had just produced, for he ate hard eggs, shell and all, devoured gigantic prawns with the heads and tails on, chewed tobacco and water-cresses at the same time and with extraordinary greediness, drank boiling tea without winking, bit his fork and spoon till they bent again, and in short performed so many horrifying and uncommon acts that the women were nearly frightened out of their wits, and began to doubt if he were really a human creature.
Having partaken of a copious breakfast, with fish, and rice, and hard eggs, at Southampton, he had so far rallied at Winchester as to think a glass of sherry necessary.
You'll always have It's A Hard Egg - sorry, I mean It's A Heartache.
For the hard egg emulsion Put yolks, lemon juice, mustard, and garlic in blender.
white roses, bar set up w 12 cans of R six iced), 12 b and a gallon She also whites, gra Belgian waff lots of wings yellow musta T in the Pa "thrilled" Nic ordered scrambled hard egg grape and strawberry jelly/jam, waffles, fried chicken - no thighs, - a deli tray for six people with mustard and much more.
We used to be totally Teamsters, that was a hard egg to crack.
If we dig a little deeper, following the thread of lessons learned in the recent exploration of the chicken or the egg puzzle, we learn that ancestors of the chicken evolved to create hard eggs around the time of the dinosaurs.