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like pulling teeth

Said of something that is especially difficult, tedious, requires an extreme amount of effort, or is done in the most difficult or unpleasant way possible. With this new way of preparing vegetables, getting your kids to eat their greens is no longer like pulling teeth. It's been like 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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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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like pulling teeth

If doing something is like pulling teeth, it is very difficult. Identifying poor working practices is easy. Doing something about it is like pulling teeth. Trying to get him to talk about his music was like pulling teeth. Note: When a dentist pulls someone's tooth, they pull it out of their gum. In the past, this was done without anaesthetic and so it was difficult and painful.
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like pulling teeth

extremely difficult or laborious to do. informal
2002 Independent It was like pulling teeth in the first half. I thought we were never going to score.
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like pulling ˈteeth

very difficult: It was like pulling teeth to get the kids to work together.
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At first this request caused poor Jurgis the most acute agony, and it was like pulling teeth to get him to talk; but gradually he found out what was wanted, and in the end he learned to stand up and speak his piece with enthusiasm.
It provides articles that describe the natural and ancient history of teeth, pulling teeth in medieval Europe, Pierre Fauchard and the French dentistes of the 18th century, extractions and dentures in the 18th century, the rise of anesthesia, forensic odontology, and developments in the 20th century and the focus on a perfect smile, with many images of art, drawings, ads, toothpaste labels, dental instruments, equipment, and other artifacts.
BET it's a bit like pulling teeth again when the Three Lions go to Slovakia.
He also visits the islands of Vanuatu, where he meets flying doctor Mark Turnball, who takes him up in his plane on his daily rounds - to the island of Mota, where Arthur is roped in to a spot of bush dentistry, pulling teeth without anaesthetic.
He also visits the islands Vanuatu, where he meets flying doctor Mark Turnball, who takes him up in his plane on his daily rounds - to the island Mota, where Arthur is roped in to a spot bush dentistry, pulling teeth without anaesthetic.
Gum as you are - Nirvana Fillings - Morris Albert Once bitten Twice Shy - Great White Pulling Teeth - Green Day Anything by Chaka Demus & Pliers Toothache - The Charlatans
Speaking of pulling teeth, Mark Lawrenson is back for Russia v Slovakia
Getting Texas Republicans in Congress to say whether they're backing Donald Trump is a bit like pulling teeth.
When I first started it was like pulling teeth to get old timer gunsmiths to give up any "secrets" or pass along hard-won tips.
In the past, we've pushed to have Harris Polling look at disability, and it was like pulling teeth to get them to do a poll.
For instance attempting a conversation with a pre-teen and now a teenage daughter can at times be like pulling teeth.
It was like pulling teeth to nally get them to admit the signs were wrong, but not wishing to lose the battle, the council agreed to rectify them when they needed replacing, knowing of course that wouldn't happen for about 50 years
Even then it's like pulling teeth getting anyone in red to say anything remotely interesting.
In a process that made pulling teeth seem a painless alternative, the local authority were eventually made to accept that placement of Jada in her extended family was the best option.
He Spoke About- Optimum Oral Health & keys for Smile Makeover- JOURNEY FROM AN ERA OF PULLING TEETH OUT AND CRUDE DENTURES.
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