pull teeth

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pull teeth

1. To do something that is especially difficult, tedious, or requires an extreme amount of effort; to do something in the most difficult or unpleasant way possible. With this new way of preparing vegetables, you'll no longer have to pull teeth to get your kids to eat their greens! I've been pulling teeth trying to get my family members organized for this get together, but I think it will all be worth it!
2. To make someone or something less powerful, potent, or effective. A noun or pronoun is used between "pull" and "teeth." The watchdog did a great job keeping predatory loan sharks in check, but the new policy really pulled the agency's teeth. Corporate lobbyists are trying to pull the new law's teeth to give them greater leeway in the market.
See also: pull, teeth
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"When the relationship ended in May or June after he had given her a severe black eye, he threatened to pull her teeth out and take a chainsaw to her if she didn't meet him," said Mrs Justice Cox.
Craig Thomas, 33, also smashed his girlfriend over the head with a hammer and threatened to pull her teeth out with pliers in what a judge described as one of the worst cases of domestic abuse he had seen.
He also denied hitting her, seizing her face, twisting the skin on her chest, pulling her hair and threatening to pull her teeth out.