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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.
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Translations of “like pulling teeth”
in Chinese (Simplified) 艰难的,艰苦不堪的…
in Chinese (Traditional) 艱難的,艱苦不堪的…
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