Last modified on 12 December 2014, at 15:43

pull teeth



pull teeth (third-person singular simple present pulls teeth, present participle pulling teeth, simple past and past participle pulled teeth)

  1. (dentistry) To remove teeth, usually because they are diseased or damaged.
  2. (idiomatic) To do something that is especially difficult or effortful, to get blood out of a stone.
    You will probably have to pull teeth to get a straight answer from a car salesman.


Alternative formsEdit

This expression is frequently seen as

  • pulling teeth
  • like pulling teeth