Idiom: Hard Nut to Crack

idiom of the day - a hard nut to crack
idiom of the day - a hard nut to crack

Hard Nut to Crack – Idiom of the Day for IELTS Speaking

Definition: a problem that is hard to solve or a person who is hard to understand


  • Tom sure is a hard nut to crack. I can’t figure him out.
  • This problem is getting me down. It’s a hard nut to crack.

Food Idioms Quiz

Choose the best meaning for the following idiom: A hard nut to crack

A. food difficult to digest
B. A difficult problem
C. Stale food

Try this multiple-choice quiz to check your understanding of idioms based on food and foods.

(You can also print this quiz on paper.)

1. I just found out Anne has ain the oven. I wonder if it’s a boy or a girl.
2. Do you want to hear ajoke?
3. The wine that I bought for dinner is theof the crop.
4. Sausage rolls aren’t myI’m sorry to say.
5. We had tothe men on before they would come swimming with us.
6. When I go to the gym early I’m full offor the rest of the day.
7. Mike wants to learn to shave because he grew somefuzz on his chin.
8. If you put all of yourin one basket, you might not get into any university.
9. We’re taking dance lessons in hopes ofthings up in our relationship.
10. Take everything you read on the Internet with aand you’ll be okay.

Choose the suitable idiom to complete the sentence below.
“A problem at work this week will turn out  to be ___________________”
A. breathe my last
B. any port in a storm
C. So far so good
D. a hard nut to crack

For IELTS Speaking Part 2:
Describe a problem you had to face. Try to use this idiom in your speech. You should say:

– When it happened
– What the problem was
– Who helped you solved it
And explain why you ran into the problem

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