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    like pulling teeth

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    Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary
    like pulling teeth —used to say that something is very difficult and frustrating
    ▪ Getting him to make a decision is like pulling teeth. [=it is very hard to get him to make a decision]


    Can I say "It is like pulling teeth getting him to make a decision"?

    Thank you.

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    Re: like pulling teeth

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    Hello.

    Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary
    [FONT=Times New Roman][SIZE=4]like pulling teeth —used to say that something is very difficult and frustrating

    Can I say "It is like pulling teeth getting him to make a decision"?

    Thank you.
    Yes, you can. It's an expressive idiom so you are very frustrated or it's very difficult.

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    Re: like pulling teeth

    You certainly can, but I'd change the order:
    Getting him to make a decision is like pulling teeth.

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