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English definition of “like pulling teeth”

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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.
Translations of “like pulling teeth”
in Chinese (Traditional) 艱難的,艱苦不堪的…
in Chinese (Simplified) 艰难的,艰苦不堪的…
(Definition of like pulling teeth from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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