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1A board with nails pointing out of it, as lain on by fakirs and ascetics.
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘He watches a fakir twirl on his nose on a bed of nails.’
- ‘Alex can ride the unicycle, lie on a bed of nails, spin plates, juggle, deliver gags and is now mastering the art of puppetry.’
- ‘It felt as if she was walking on a bed of nails barefoot.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Lying on a bed of nails, while a 7,000 kg truck over his stomach, he did not flinch for even a second.’
- ‘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's like walking on broken glass, lying on a bed of nails and having a concrete block broken on your chest.’
- ‘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.’
- 1.1 A problematic or uncomfortable situation:‘he took over the Liberal leadership after that bed of nails had been vacated by Lord Rosebery’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The life she knew would take her nowhere except downhill, where, she expected, a bed of nails awaited her.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Much will depend on their top order to perform the rescue-act, otherwise they will be sitting on a 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.’
- ‘Instead, I mulled over the sequence of events bringing me here to this bed of nails.’
- ‘Motherhood is a bed of nails that requires a lot of adjustment before you can get comfortable.’
- ‘Of course, in a high-intensity country like the United States, we don't need a bed of nails.’
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