a hard nut to crack

Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - a hard nut to crack

"a hard nut to crack"

a problem that is very difficult to solve


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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - a hard nut to crack

"a hard nut to crack"

someone who it is difficult to understand, get close to or form a close relationship with


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - a hard nut to crack

Two teachers are talking ...

Teacher 1:  Well, we've got six highly qualified, extremely hard working students for the debate team but there are only four places available.

Teacher 2:  And they have all worked so very hard to make the debate team.  This is a difficult dilemma.  There are going to be a couple of very disappointed students. 

Teacher 1:  Making this decision is going to be a hard nut to crack, alright.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - a hard nut to crack

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  I've never seen the boss at a staff party.

Colleague 2:  She never goes.

Colleague 1:  Does the boss have any children?

Colleague 2:  No one knows.

Colleague 1:  Where does the boss go on vacation?

Colleague 2:  No idea.

Colleague 1:  Does anyone know anything personal about the boss? Any friends?

Colleague 2:  She's a hard nut to crack, very unapproachable. It's business only.

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a hard nut to crack - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for a hard nut to crack.

a hard nut to crack - Examples:

1)  ... but in-car app and entertainment integration is still proving a hard nut to crack properly. "Technology alone isn't enough," ...

2)  ... have to know when to move on from a partner who is proving a hard nut to crack.

3)  But I know from experience bullying can be a very hard nut to crack.

4)  ... but how feelings of safety and convenience translate into said infrastructure is a hard nut to crack

5)  ... for myself, in all honesty, the old school blogger network is a hard nut to crack. They don't let newbies in easily.

6)  ... it can be a pretty hard nut to crack -- especially when quality real estate is nearly impossible to find for an ...

7)  Utah doesn't have a superstar; but they are a very hard nut to crack. They have an overall very strong team, ...

8)  ... got a few tricks up my sleeve, but this one will be a hard nut to crack.

9)  Stockport will be a hard nut to crack though because they've scored eight goals in their last two games.

10)  We at MCFly are used to being accused of being a hard nut to crack or impossible to please, unduly negative or ...

11)  We are under no illusions. Burnley are a hard nut to crack especially at home. So it's a tough game for us, ...

12)  On the subject of economic migrants, I agree it's a hard nut to crack. Some fill skills gaps in our labour force, others undercut domestic ...

13)  Though, as a Dad... I know I'm a hard nut to crack when it comes to my girl.

14)  Obama is a hard nut to crack. He stands his ground.

15)  China is a bit of a hard nut to crack as you'd expect, ...

16)  Indeed, the reason that Al-Qaeda is such a hard nut to crack is because western and allied intelligence services have very few operatives who fit ...

17)  For years, I've been aware that sexism seems a very, very hard nut to crack.

18)  Malik is however unfazed and proving to be a hard nut to crack. He has told the police that he is innocent and has no ...

19)  If something is a hard nut to crack, it is difficult to find the answer or solution.

20)  Get him to talk more about himself. If he's a hard nut to crack, ask open ended questions like "Which school did you go to ...