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bed of nails

noun
1.
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
1965-1970
1965-70
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noun

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

Examples

He made a bed of nails for himself by becoming a stepfather.

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