bed of nails

bed of nails

noun
a situation of extreme hardship or suffering: Taking care of her sick brother all these years has been a bed of nails for her.

Origin:
1965–70

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Main Entry:  bed of nails
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a board studded with nails and used for torture or self-mortification; by extension, a situation involving suffering or severe hardship; a situation that is problematic or testing
Example:  He made a bed of nails for himself by becoming a stepfather.
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