wring water from a stone

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wring water from a stone

To do something that is very hard to accomplish, especially when dealing with other people in some way. Good luck getting a group of toddlers to sit still—it's like wringing water from a stone. Don't bother trying to get an answer from him. You can't wring water from a stone.
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