Meaning of “like pulling teeth” in the English Dictionary

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"like pulling teeth" in British English

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like pulling teeth

If you say that making someone do something was like pulling teeth, you mean it was very difficult and they did not want to do it:

Getting her to tell me about her childhood was like pulling teeth.

(Definition of “like pulling teeth” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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