like pulling teeth
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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He observes the bodies floating away on the river, pulling on his cigarette with a sneer.Houellebecq’s Incendiary Novel Imagines France With a Muslim President|Pierre Assouline|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Pulling oil from the tar sands is costly, even more so when you tack transportation costs on top.
I took out my knife, my Ka-Bar, and knocked his teeth out, but they fell into his throat.
And more than anything, I wanted a souvenir for my father, so I rolled him back, and he had gold teeth.
So I just patted him kind-like on the shoulder and sat down.
He thrust his tiny tuft of beard between his teeth—a trick he had when perplexed or thoughtful.St. Martin's Summer|Rafael Sabatini
May looked along at the dimpled grace, And then at the saint-like, fair old face, “How funny!”
His strong legs and his broad, spade-like feet helped to make him a fine swimmer.The Tale of Grandfather Mole|Arthur Scott Bailey
Jean grinned and dribbled self-consciously, and showed his two little teeth to the proudest father in the world.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol|William J. Locke
The wave-like movement of these animals is particularly graceful and cleverly done.Women in the fine arts, from the Seventh Century B.C. to the Twentieth Century A.D.|Clara Erskine Clement