tough nut to crack

tough nut to crack

verb
See also: crack, nut, tough
References in classic literature ?
He tries this on very much with me, but I flatter myself he has got a tough nut to crack.
ALAN PARDEW is looking forward to pitting his wits against Sam Allardyce tomorrow - but has warned that his old adversaries Sunderland will be a tough nut to crack.
However, he has far less on his plate, and with conditions to suit, he should be a tough nut to crack.
Favourite Prince Gibraltar, an unlucky-in-running third in the French Derby, looked to have all bases covered but found first Teletext a tough nut to crack before Gallante hit another gear in the Derrick Smith colours to foil Jean-Claude Rouget's hotpot.
However, they have been a tough nut to crack on their own patch and they should have enough to put Atvidaberg in their place tonight.
But with Mo Bangura up front, the Swedish champions were proving a tough nut to crack.
Dudley boss Will Pottinger, meanwhile, says Coventry Storm will be a tough nut to crack when the rivals meet at Monmore on Tuesday.
Ali Al Asfoor found Ali Dhawani a tough nut to crack before scoring a 7-5, 6-3 victory, while Ahmed Mohammed Rasool beat Hussain Dhawani 6-1, 6-4.
Libya have a tough nut to crack Tuesday if they are to reach the final of the 9th Arab Nations Cup as they will be meeting hosts Saudi Arabia as the the runners-up with the highest score in the group matches.
But league newcomers Lido will prove a tough nut to crack having lost just once in nine outings to surge clear of the basement zone.
Campus Channel 4, 10pm Comedy is a tough nut to crack, but Jonathan Bailey, aka Flatpack, took it all in his stride for this collegebased comedy.
If Leeds lose, it will be a massive downer for their fans and Hull will be a tough nut to crack.
Thornaby pressed for an equaliser but they found the Beechwood defence a tough nut to crack with Kieron Kelley leading the line well.
Moffat said: "The Dragons are a tough nut to crack.