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act of Congress

That which is extremely difficult to achieve or requires a large amount of effort or patience to enact. Primarily heard in US. It's like you have to have an act of Congress before the city council will pay to fix the roads in this town. Trying to get my doctor on the phone is like an act of Congress!
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it would take an act of Congress to (do something)

Something is extremely difficult to achieve or requires a large amount of effort or patience to enact. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. Oh please, it would take an act of Congress to get the city council to pay to fix the roads in this town. I didn't even bother calling my doctor because I know it would take an act of Congress to get him on the phone.
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sexual congress

Sexual intercourse. As there was no hard evidence that sexual congress occurred outside of marriage, the judge was obliged to uphold the prenuptial agreement during the divorce proceedings.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

It would take an act of Congress to do something.

It is almost impossible to do something. It would take an act of Congress to get Bill to wear a necktie. She's a sour woman. It would take an act of Congress to get her to put a smile on her face.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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