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hard nut to crack / tough nut to crackidiom

  • ja難題、難問、扱いにくい人
  • ena person or situation that is difficult to deal with

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From my perspective, you seem to be awfully calm about everything.
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You’re a tough nut to crack, but I do love a challenge.
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Kate Middleton became the subject of much fascination in the UK press
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when she began dating Prince William in the early 2000s.
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And when William proposed, Middleton-mania went into overdrive.
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Since then, this commoner-turned-royal has wowed the world with her grace, elegance, and modern style.
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She may be a tough nut to crack,
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but when you marry into the world's most famous royal family, no stone shall be left unturned.
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If the trend is not at the baby's expense,
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then it's okay! - (giggles)
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- Right? - (muffled) Yeah.
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- Yeah? - (FBE) And then what are
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some fun pranks or silly things you have with your baby?
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- I mean...
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really just peek-a-boo at this point.
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She's a pretty tough nut to crack. She is deadpan.
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Where's daddy? Ah-bee!
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Nope. She is into everything else. (chuckles)
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However, I will say this.
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You did say that now you're more mature.
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Ain't none of us mature. None!
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-You're right, you're right, you're right, you're right.
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[ Laughter ]
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-But Philly is a tough nut to crack.
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They are tough.
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-Philly is the only place I've ever had somebody be like,
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"Mm, I'm good."
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When Siobhan Fallon Hogan appeared as the hard nut to crack bus driver in 'Forrest Gump',
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she'd just finished some small but memorable work in 2 comedy institutions.
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She'd been a cast member on 'Saturday Night Live' for its seventeenth season in 1991 and '92,
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and had a recurring role on 'Seinfeld' as Tina, Elaine's weird roommate.