Definition of bed of nails in English:

bed of nails

phrase

  • 1A board with nails pointing out of it, as lain on by fakirs and ascetics.

    • ‘Then, Craig told us about how his father once lay on a bed of nails and he then got on top of his father and lifted weights.’
    • ‘It's like walking on broken glass, lying on a bed of nails and having a concrete block broken on your chest.’
    • ‘Lying on a bed of nails, while a 7,000 kg truck over his stomach, he did not flinch for even a second.’
    • ‘He lies on a bed of nails buried under a stack of cement blocks and walks on broken glass and machetes in his bare feet.’
    • ‘The devoted England fan who showed his passion by lying on a bed of nails during the clash with Brazil has been invited to go to Japan and repeat the performance - during the World Cup final.’
    • ‘He watches a fakir twirl on his nose on a bed of nails.’
    • ‘An instructor of Indian traditional dance swirled and swayed on a bed of nails for more than 30 minutes in Kuala Lumpur, leaving her with slightly bloodied feet and claims to a record.’
    • ‘It felt as if she was walking on a bed of nails barefoot.’
    • ‘Alex can ride the unicycle, lie on a bed of nails, spin plates, juggle, deliver gags and is now mastering the art of puppetry.’
    • ‘The word fakir often brings to mind the image of a thin, old Indian man, lying on a bed of nails, walking on hot coals or accomplishing any other kind of apparently impossible demonstration.’
    1. 1.1 A problematic or uncomfortable situation.
      ‘he took over the Liberal leadership after that bed of nails had been vacated by Lord Rosebery’
      • ‘Instead, I mulled over the sequence of events bringing me here to this bed of nails.’
      • ‘Ms Hardy, the first woman to occupy the editor's bed of nails, falls, alas, into the latter category.’
      • ‘So a third term for the prime minister would immediately be a bed of nails unless he made major concessions to his critics.’
      • ‘She first realised that her film career was on the skids when she signed up to do a film called Bed of Roses with Christian Slater which turned out to be a bed of nails.’
      • ‘I was there as the Sunday Herald's village idiot, I'd made my bed of nails, and I was going to have to lie on it.’
      • ‘However, those who suffered extreme injustice would have to go through a tough test before they were permitted to see the local governor - they would have to lie on a bed of nails.’
      • ‘Motherhood is a bed of nails that requires a lot of adjustment before you can get comfortable.’
      • ‘The life she knew would take her nowhere except downhill, where, she expected, a bed of nails awaited her.’
      • ‘Much will depend on their top order to perform the rescue-act, otherwise they will be sitting on a bed of nails.’
      • ‘Of course, in a high-intensity country like the United States, we don't need a bed of nails.’