One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Used to convey that something is extremely difficult to do.‘it had been like pulling teeth to extract these two small items from Moore’
- ‘Before his career took off, pulling girls was like pulling teeth.’
- ‘And I have to find a job, which is like pulling teeth for me (the hunting that is, I'd rather work than not work).’
- ‘The next girl was frustrating because she was one of those people you can tell is a really, really cool, but so painfully shy that it feels like pulling teeth to get any words out of them on the first date.’
- ‘Journalists are writing over and over again that this is the most secretive military campaign in history, and that getting information from you and your colleagues is like pulling teeth.’
- ‘Here's something new to be struggling with apart from shorthand (which is still like pulling teeth - two and a bit weeks to go, it's getting down to the wire).’
- ‘We did the show in Toronto and it was like pulling teeth to get people to participate.’
- ‘It's like pulling teeth to get me to show such emotions.’
- ‘In my experience, it is like pulling teeth to get emotional detail out of some men, and similarly like panning for gold to get political conversation out of some women.’
- ‘However, you can make no excuse for the fact that - and the police have said this - that it was like pulling teeth from him.’
- ‘Each revision is like pulling teeth, or like exercise.’
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