10:16 AMA tough nut to crack
A tough (or hard) nut to crack is a problem that's hard to deal with, or a person who is difficult to understand.
My new boss is a tough nut to crack. I never know if he's pleased with my work.
How can we increase sales during a recession? That's a tough nut to crack!
To use a sledgehammer to crack a nut means to use more force than is necessary to achieve a goal.
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