get blood from a stone

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get blood from a stone (third-person singular simple present gets blood from a stone, present participle getting blood from a stone, simple past and past participle got blood from a stone)

  1. (idiomatic) To do something difficult, frustrating, or pointless.
    Convincing fussy eaters to try new foods is like trying to get blood from a stone.