(a) tough nut

(a) tough nut
someone who is difficult to deal with because they are unpleasant or very determined to get what they want.

People don't tend to mess with Sue. She's a tough nut.


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  • tough nut — UK US noun [countable] [singular tough nut plural tough nuts] informal someone who is very strict or very determined Thesaurus: people who are determined and ambitious …   Useful english dictionary

  • tough nut — noun count INFORMAL someone who is very strict or very determined a tough nut to crack a problem or situation that is difficult to understand or deal with: The tax problem will be a tough nut to crack …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • tough nut to crack — If something is a tough nut to crack, it is difficult to find the answer or solution. When used about a person, it means that it is difficult to get them to do or allow what you want. Hard nut to crack is an alternative …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • tough nut — to crack, tough issue …   English contemporary dictionary

  • tough nut — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms tough nut : singular tough nut plural tough nuts informal someone who is very strict or very determined • a tough nut to crack …   English dictionary

  • tough nut to crack — See: HARD NUT TO CRACK …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • tough nut to crack — See: HARD NUT TO CRACK …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • tough\ nut\ to\ crack — • hard nut to crack • tough nut to crack n. phr. informal Something difficult to understand or to do. Tom s algebra lesson was a hard nut to crack. Mary found knitting a hard nut to crack. Compare: hard row to hoe …   Словарь американских идиом

  • tough nut to crack — noun A difficult or sticky problem. Defending against malware has become a tough nut to crack as programs become ever more cleverly designed. Syn: difficult nut to crack, hard nut to crack …   Wiktionary

  • tough nut to crack —    If something is a tough nut to crack, it is difficult to find the answer or solution. When used about a person, it means that it is difficult to get them to do or allow what you want. Hard nut to crack is an alternative.   (Dorking School… …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • tough nut to crack — a hard/tough ˈnut (to ˈcrack) idiom a difficult problem or situation to deal with Main entry: ↑nutidiom …   Useful english dictionary

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