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a bed of nails

Something painful, challenging, or unpleasant. This project is a bed of nails—it's just so tedious. My family members are constantly arguing, so spending time with them can be a bed of nails.
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a bed of nails

a problematic or uncomfortable situation.
A bed of nails was originally a board with nails pointing out of it, lain on by Eastern fakirs and ascetics.
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When Snap Shot was growing up the most daring thing we ever saw was Paul Daniels doing a trick involving a bed of nails. The sight of our BCG injection was enough to make us wince, yet here - on telly - was a person lying on loads of sharp points and escaping without a graze.
Perhaps the strangest is "the Devil's Forge", where he lay on a bed of nails, was covered with 700kg plates, which were then broken with sledgehammers.
It tells the story of Ajatashatru, a fakir (a magical man), who lives in a remote village in India and needs a new bed of nails.
The Rock n Roll Street Stars with their bed of nails and a hollow block brought the audience wondering what the performance is all about, apparently acquiring four "No's."
He holds his breath under water, lies on a bed of nails, is strung upside down in a straitjacket (right) and then goes to Vegas to see David Copperfield's priceless collection of Houdini artefacts.
Or for the child who loves science, Magic Science, in which campers will uncover the scientific explanation behind tricks such as levitating objects, making objects appear as if they move on their own, resting a balloon on a bed of nails without it popping and many more.
They controlled their weight for 46 seconds in most layered sandwich shaped bed of nails (one inch).
"No, it wasn't a bed of nails I was ever tempted to lie on."
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Like the ancients of old, Bed of Nails gives users back their sanity and energy.
I would lie on a bed of nails, as someone broke large rocks on my stomach with a sledgehammer.
On Monday, another ' holy man' who identifies himself as Shamshan Peetheshwar Avdhoot Vijayanand became the centre of attention when he placed his body on a bed of nails. Several other ' characters' at the event have gained fame in the last few days because of their history, interests or reclusiveness to interact with the outsiders.
Washington, January 16 ( ANI ): Researchers have come up with a technique to embed needle-like carbon nanofibers in an elastic membrane, creating a flexible "bed of nails" on the nanoscale that opens the door to development of new drug-delivery systems.
The bed of nails allows direct access to program the device as it would be in the device programmer (Figure 3).
"But it is highly possible that he will be put on a bed of nails " due to the mistrust, it added.