To do something in the most difficult way; do something the hard way (1970s+ Armed forces) •Fr earlier pull teeth through the armpit
Well, but recollect, it's harder to pull teeth here than it is in Kentucky.
Isn't there any one else in this condemned burg can pull teeth?
And it seemed to him that it must be very pleasant to pull teeth.
Elysée said, "You can pull teeth, I hope, like any proper surgeon?"
"A spade bit ain't made to pull teeth with, although you can," said Williams.