wrestle with a pig

wrestle with a pig

To attempt a futile task with someone who enjoys the struggle (just as a pig would enjoy wrestling in the mud). I swear, trying to get the truth out of a teenager is like wrestling with a pig! My daughter has an excuse for everything, and I think she enjoys frustrating me!
See also: pig, wrestle
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In a bust-up over admission prices, Krulak taunted Gold: "When you get down in the mud and wrestle with a pig, the pig loves it and you get muddy.