get blood out of a stone

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

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