difficult to break

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One morning, being left alone with him a few minutes in the parlour, I ventured to approach the window-recess-- which his table, chair, and desk consecrated as a kind of study--and I was going to speak, though not very well knowing in what words to frame my inquiry--for it is at all times difficult to break the ice of reserve glassing over such natures as his--when he saved me the trouble by being the first to commence a dialogue.
As for Albert and Franz, they essayed not to escape from their ciceronian tyrants; and, indeed, it would have been so much the more difficult to break their bondage, as the guides alone are permitted to visit these monuments with torches in their hands.
The defence is so much more organised and difficult to break down with him at the helm.
The Foxes are second in the recent form table, trailing only Manchester City, while Palace have been difficult to break down since Roy Hodgson took over and could cause the Foxes problems.
The Rang De Basanti star believes it is difficult to break free from the family image, but today she looks back at her career in a good light.
We found them difficult to break down, but in the end we scored some deserved goals and overall were worthy winners.
Henderson said: "They were difficult to break down in the first half and we were taking chances where maybe we didn't need to - but to break them down you have to do that.
LEICESTER are the in-form team, the surprise package of the season and very difficult to break down.
Sapphire is considered the third-hardest material, and it creates glass that is extremely scratch resistant and difficult to break.
We found it difficult to break them down, but it wasn't nerves.
Billy Davies' side found it difficult to break down a well organised Preston team as the visitors defended in numbers and asked questions of the Reds' invention and creativity.
YOUNG adults are finding it difficult to break free from parents, both emotionally and financially, as they struggle to become independent, a study has found.