camel through the eye of a needle

camel through the eye of a needle

Used as part of a comparison to indicate that something is impossible or extremely difficult to accomplish. Taken from the passage in the Bible (Luke 18:25), "For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God." You'd have an easier time getting a camel through the eye of a needle than getting them to agree on the issue.
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It seems the 6ft birthing boards will be placed so Katie can see them while in the throes of labour, which I imagine must be the physical equivalent of passing a "camel through the eye of a needle".
Or as the New Testament says: It is easier to lead a camel through the eye of a needle than to get a wealthy person through the gates of heaven.
By repackaging light as molecular disturbances known as excitons, researchers have accomplished the equivalent of passing a camel through the eye of a needle. In this remarkable scheme for "slimming down" light to get it through a tiny opening, an incoming beam strikes a microscopic crystal wedged in the narrow end of a tapered, open-ended tube to generate excitons.