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pull teeth

verb phrase

To do something in the most difficult way; do something the hard way (1970s+ Armed forces) •Fr earlier pull teeth through the armpit

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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  • 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?

    Oh, You Tex! William Macleod Raine
  • And it seemed to him that it must be very pleasant to pull teeth.

    The Tale of Jimmy Rabbit Arthur Scott Bailey
  • Elysée said, "You can pull teeth, I hope, like any proper surgeon?"

    Shaman Robert Shea
  • "A spade bit ain't made to pull teeth with, although you can," said Williams.

    Overland Red Henry Herbert Knibbs

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