like pulling teeth

like pulling teeth

extremely difficult Getting our kids dressed and off to school in winter is like pulling teeth.
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like pulling teeth

If you say that making someone do something was like pulling teeth, it was very difficult and they did not want to do it Getting her to tell me about her childhood was like pulling teeth.
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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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Maintaining contemporary modern dance companies in Los Angeles and filling concert halls has been like pulling teeth.
First of all, talking to insurance agents about MSA plans available in my area was like pulling teeth.