Like pulling teeth



adjective phrase

Very slow and arduous: Interviewing movie stars can be like pulling teeth, but Nicole Kidman was a delightful surprise: relaxed, natural, and a lot of fun

[1970s+; like pulling gum-teeth in the same sense is found by 1872]
Very difficult, especially to extract information from someone. For example, It’s like pulling teeth to get a straight answer from him.

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