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like nailing jelly to the wall

Incredibly difficult or impossible, such that it could be seen as a foolish or worthless endeavor to attempt. Trying to have a reasonable debate with her father is like nailing jelly to the wall.
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Aston Villa stopper Ron Vlaar will attempt to shackle the little magician but he might find it easier nailing jelly to a wall than stopping Messi in full flight.
Add in inevitable board stretch (discussed in a previous column) and, well, it was an exercise much like nailing jelly to a wall: it just wouldn't stick.
But looking for anything tangible among the pages of guff is as difficult as nailing jelly to a wall.
WE WROTE: Stockton North MP Alex Cunningham says it is easier nailing jelly to a wall than finding someone prepared to take responsibility for Teesside's coroner's service.
Despite the huge size of it, and Labour's claims it includes 400 actions, much of what is here are promises not to change things like free prescriptions and bus travel for pensioners - that is, commitments not to do something - or are so vague that understanding what they mean is like nailing jelly to a wall.
A political historian once compared the work of intellectual historians to nailing jelly to a wall. Judith Snodgrass tries her hand at nailing some jelly in Presenting Japanese Buddhism to the West, a book that shows just how perilous this undertaking can be.