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English definition of “nailing jelly to the wall”

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nailing jelly to the wall

UK ( US nailing Jell-O to the wall )
trying to give exact details for something that it is not possible to know about exactly: Writing the history of this period is like nailing jelly to the wall.
Translations of “nailing jelly to the wall”
in Chinese (Traditional) 試圖提供無從知曉的細節, 白費力氣…
in Chinese (Simplified) 试图提供无从知晓的细节, 白费力气…
(Definition of nailing jelly to the wall from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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