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(as) hard as the nether millstone

Tough or harsh and unlikely to submit. The phrase is Biblical in origin. That guy is as hard as the nether millstone—he'll never give you what you want in the negotiations.
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hard as the nether millstone

callous and unyielding.
The nether millstone is the lower of the two millstones by which corn is ground. The phrase alludes to Job 41:24: ‘His heart is as firm as a stone, and as hard as a piece of the nether millstone’.
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While in The Nether, in a time when the Web has evolved into virtual reality realms one can live in, a detective struggles to keep justice in a world where morality and reality are ever shifting.
After seeing Haley's mind-bending plays--not just the creepy cyber-procedural of The Nether but also the role-playing game gone wrong of Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom or the fractured fairy tale of Breadcrumbs--you might have a tendency to process reality, and the tiny everyday choices and exchanges that make it up, from a slightly skewed angle, as if you are a player in a choose-your-own adventure game.
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Ambassador of Nether land Marcel de Vink is called on Federal Minister for Ports and Shipping Senator Kamran Michael and matters of common interest has been discussed in the meeting.
Football in the Steel City may have been in the doldrums given the struggles of United and Wednesday, but for the boys of Nether Green FC, this is a season they'll never forget.
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I turned my head and walked into a bollard, striking my nether regions so hard that I was doubled over on the pavement for a matter of minutes.
Somerset based award-winning cheesemaker Cricketer Farm, has launched its first ever branded Cheddar cheese, Nether Stowey Reserve; specially selected for its delicious smooth, rich, mature flavour.
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Black-and-white photographs and a glorious section of inset color plates illustrate this one-of-a-kind survey of the nether corners of Western religious history.