camel through the eye of a needle
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- (idiomatic) Hyperbole to illustrate something that is almost impossible to do or to make happen.
- Getting George to wake up before 7 o'clock is harder than getting a camel through the eye of a needle.
- 1795, John Swanwick (as "Snub"), "To WILLIAM WILCOCKS, Esquire, L. L. D. and DUke of New-York, &c.", in A Rub from Snub; or a cursory analytical epistle, page 57, quoting Wilcocks in the first footnote.
- Alluding to the exordium of his writings againſt the democrats, wherein he ſays “ It is a difficult for a party-man to be an honeſt man, as for a camel to go through the eye of a needle,” whereby he moſt emphatically declares his own diſhoneſty at the very firſt daſh of his pen.
- 1825, "Sir H. L.", in The Political Correspondence of the Leading Members of Parliament with the the[sic] Speaker of the House of Commons on Emancipation, James Bigg (publ.), page 83.
- You are endeavouring to pass a bill that never can and that never will pass the House of Lords. Do you want to make a camel go through the eye of a needle?