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English definition of “get blood out of/from a stone”

get blood out of/from a stone

to make someone give or tell you something, when it is extremely difficult because of the character or mood of the person or organization you are dealing with: Persuading Chris to buy a round of drinks is like getting blood out of a stone .Complicated and difficult to doDifficult to understand
(Definition of get blood out of/from a stone from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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