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be like getting blood out of (or from) a stone (North American also turnip)

Definition of be like getting blood out of or from a stone North American also turnip in English:

Be extremely difficult (said in reference to obtaining something from someone): getting a story out of her is like getting blood out of a stone!
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  • And the progress made in the last few weeks has been like getting blood out of a stone.
  • A lot of the time it's like getting blood out of a stone, but I know the crowds won't let me down.
  • His idea seems to be that I shall do the writing and he shall do the reading and it is like getting blood out of a stone to get him to do the necessary translating for me.
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