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A place, opportunity, etc. to which it is difficult to gain entry.

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hard nut to crackUsed other than as an idiom: see hard, nut, crack.
hard nut to crackA problem that is challenging to solve.
hard nut to crackA situation, person, group, etc. which is difficult to overcome or deal with.
hard nut to crackAn amount that is difficult to finance.
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