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2021.05.24 04:14

“Like pulling teeth” 🦷 🦷 🦷

So I know this is a strange sounding

idiom, but it’s actually a VERY commonly used one. So yes, a good one to know!

✔️This idiom can be used when you want to express that it was very difficult to get someone to do something.

•The mother said that waking her son up and getting him ready to go to school every morning is like pulling teeth. He doesn’t want to get out of bed and he also doesn’t like to brush his teeth or get dressed.

•It was like pulling teeth when the teacher tried to get her students to sit in a circle on the floor and be quiet. There were two that kept getting up and running around and most students kept talking.

•My mother hates taking pictures now that she’s older. Getting her to take nice family pictures is like pulling teeth. She doesn’t smile and she’s always complaining about us taking too long.

** Use this idiom to talk about people and not other things. For example, if I took a difficult test, I would not say “Passing the test was like pulling teeth.” OR “Climbing up the hill was like pulling teeth.”
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  • nehinha 2021.05.24 04:49

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    For those parents who just put their children in that field and force them to pursue it, where they aren't satisfied even don't like to take an interest. so, for children is like pulling teeth. because they don't want to get into that profession which do not belongs to their interests. * Can I use the idiom in this sense, ma'am?
  • GaoNu 가오누 2021.05.24 05:07

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    @nehinha yes, very good example. ☺️
  • nehinha 2021.05.24 05:13

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    @GaoNu 가오누 thanks a lot for your instant replay and informative things regarding English language, it motivates us 😃
  • Pumma Bunyakong 2021.05.24 05:25

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    This​ idiom ​doesn't apply to things, I get it, thank you very much.
  • Cure 2021.05.24 07:04

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    Make him change his thoughts was like pulling teeth.
  • Anurag 2021.05.24 08:06

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    Sometimes, it's like pulling teeth for me to get up from bed because I usually feel dysania.
  • Julián David 2021.05.24 14:48

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    You're the best one!
  • Evelyn 2021.05.26 13:50

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    Loved it!!
  • Angel 2021.05.26 14:26

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    Thank you!👍
  • GaoNu 가오누 2021.05.26 18:11

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    @Cure yes! It’s hard to make people change their minds, right?
  • GaoNu 가오누 2021.05.26 18:11

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    @nehinha you’re welcome! My pleasure!
  • GaoNu 가오누 2021.05.26 18:12

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    @Anurag getting up is hard for me too! You’re not alone!
  • GaoNu 가오누 2021.05.26 18:12

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    @Julián David That’s very kind of you. Thank you.
  • GaoNu 가오누 2021.05.26 18:12

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    @Evelyn I’m glad. ☺️
  • GaoNu 가오누 2021.05.26 18:12

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    @Angel you’re welcome!
  • Julián David 2021.05.26 18:27

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    @GaoNu 가오누 My pleasure.
  • Anurag 2021.05.27 08:47

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    @GaoNu 가오누 Thanks a bunch:)

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