Definition of be like getting blood out of (or from) a stone (North American also turnip) in English:

be like getting blood out of (or from) a stone (North American also turnip)

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  • Be extremely difficult (said in reference to obtaining something from someone):

    ‘getting a story out of her is like getting blood out of a stone!’
    • ‘And the progress made in the last few weeks has been like getting blood out of a stone.’
    • ‘A lot of the time it's like getting blood out of a stone, but I know the crowds won't let me down.’
    • ‘Getting the truth out of this Government is like getting blood out of a stone.’
    • ‘Of course, getting money out of two characters like these brothers would be like getting blood out of a turnip.’
    • ‘His idea seems to be that I shall do the writing and he shall do the reading and it is like getting blood out of a stone to get him to do the necessary translating for me.’
    • ‘It was like getting blood out of a stone to get any enthusiasm out of him.’
    • ‘Besides getting money out of me would be like getting blood out of turnip, it isn't gonna happen so don't even try to sue me.’
    • ‘Getting a reply from my contact was like getting blood from a stone and it caused me quite a lot of grief when trying to organise a work permit.’