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like pulling teeth

Said of something that is especially difficult, tedious, requires an extreme amount of effort, or is done in the most difficult or unpleasant way possible. With this new way of preparing vegetables, you'll no longer have to pull teeth to get your kids to eat their greens! I've been pulling teeth trying to get my family members organized for this get together, but I think it will all be worth it!
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like pulling teeth

Very difficult, especially to extract information from someone. For example, It's like pulling teeth to get a straight answer from him.
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like pulling teeth

If doing something is like pulling teeth, it is very difficult. Identifying poor working practices is easy. Doing something about it is like pulling teeth. Trying to get him to talk about his music was like pulling teeth. Note: When a dentist pulls someone's tooth, they pull it out of their gum. In the past, this was done without anaesthetic and so it was difficult and painful.
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like pulling teeth

extremely difficult or laborious to do. informal
2002 Independent It was like pulling teeth in the first half. I thought we were never going to score.
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like pulling ˈteeth

very difficult: It was like pulling teeth to get the kids to work together.
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At first this request caused poor Jurgis the most acute agony, and it was like pulling teeth to get him to talk; but gradually he found out what was wanted, and in the end he learned to stand up and speak his piece with enthusiasm.
Someone once described a match as like pulling teeth, but this was worse.
SOMETIMES transfer negotiations are like pulling teeth.
It was like pulling teeth to nally get them to admit the signs were wrong, but not wishing to lose the battle, the council agreed to rectify them when they needed replacing, knowing of course that wouldn't happen for about 50 years
For instance attempting a conversation with a pre-teen and now a teenage daughter can at times be like pulling teeth.
Even then it's like pulling teeth getting anyone in red to say anything remotely interesting.
In a process that made pulling teeth seem a painless alternative, the local authority were eventually made to accept that placement of Jada in her extended family was the best option.
For many years I worked out every single day, but now I'm in my thirties it's like pulling teeth.
2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Getting your dental questions answered doesn't have to be like pulling teeth.
All the more surprising, then, that getting any chat out of my barista was like pulling teeth.
Tales of the Black Death, treating battle wounds, setting bones and pulling teeth - not to mention the blood-letting and the leeches.
8220;With the Sleep Terror Winter line, I wanted to incorporate a dark and ominous aesthetics to introduce t-shirts based on popular nightmares such as Pulling Teeth and The Monsters Under the Bed.
Stand-out tracks include the simple yet beautiful Long Shot and upbeat opener Pulling Teeth, while the soaring harmonies in Ballad In The Morning make it perfect for a live show.
But the JTF-Bravo's Medical Element liaison officer who has worked medical exercises since the first one more than 19 years ago, says pulling teeth are not the objective.
Anybody who has been involved in tax discussions in any legislature, but especially Congress, knows that it's like pulling teeth.
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