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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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No, it wasn't a bed of nails I was ever tempted to lie on.
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But it is highly possible that he will be put on a bed of nails " due to the mistrust, it added.
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The idea that education in a monastery sitting on a bed of nails is somehow superior to education in a nice restaurant is bizarre.
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So while other professors are explaining the physics of weight distribution and the nature of sound waves, Ortenzi is taking a nap on a bed of nails and shattering wine glasses with high-frequency sonic energy.
With the needles jutting out from their platform like a tiny bed of nails, each electrode has the potential to record from many neurons at the same time.
Indian gurus who sleep on a bed of nails feel pain, too, but they have trained their brains that it doesn't make a difference to them.