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pull teeth

To do something that is especially difficult, tedious, or requires an extreme amount of effort; to do something 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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Part and parcel of coaching is I dealing with the media and Keane looks as though he'd rather pulls teeth than talk to the press.
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