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Someone who is difficult to deal with; a formidable person.
- ‘In the MacTavish Cup first-round replay, Loch Carron's difficulties against Kilmallie continued and they found them once again a tough nut.’
- ‘The programme needed a strong story line and, being a bit of a tough nut anyway, she could live with that, she said.’
- ‘While Spider-man, Daredevil, X-Men, Hulk and Blade were a slam dunk from an entertainment standpoint, the central figure of the current cinematic outing is something of a tough nut.’
- ‘Clarke, who died in 1990, was a tough nut in his own right.’
- ‘That's a hard nut and I'm not prepared to say where all those should be, but I think there are places where they may be needed.’
- ‘And you look at them and you think, ‘OK, this is going to be a hard nut.’’
- ‘Romanov is by all accounts a hard nut, not inclined to throw good money after bad.’
- ‘Schumacher may be a tough nut, yet with hindsight that could prove to be a key moment when the drivers line up in Malaysia for the last grand prix of the season on October 22.’
- ‘John Cena, the current WWE World Champion, is known around the world as a tough nut, but with the release of his new LP, he may be getting some respect as an MC as well.’
- ‘The female of the species are supposed to be tough nuts.’
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