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tough nut to crack

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Antonyms for tough nut to crack

  • amenable
  • gentle
  • submissive
  • susceptible
  • yielding
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WORD ORIGIN

"hard seed," Old English hnutu, from Proto-Germanic *khnut- (cf. Old Norse hnot, Dutch noot, Old High German hnuz, German nuß "nut"), from PIE *kneu- "nut" (cf. Latin nux; see nucleus). Sense of "testicle" is attested from 1915. Nut-brown is from c.1300 of animals; c.1500 of complexions of women.

Meaning "crazy person, crank" is attested from 1903, (British form nutter first attested 1958; nut-case is from 1959); see nuts. American English slang sense of "amount of money required for something" is first recorded 1912. The nut that goes onto a bolt is first recorded 1610s (used of other small mechanical pieces since early 15c.). Nuts and bolts "fundamentals" is from 1960.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR TOUGH NUT TO CRACK

enigma

nounmystery

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adjectivepigheaded, stubborn
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