Getting them to answer the questions is like pulling nailsPosted: December 22, 2014
This is a mix of “like pulling teeth” (difficult) and “tough as nails” (strong and determined), both describing tough situations. I think part of the mix is the visual of actually extracting or pulling a nail. A big thanks to Jack de Golia, who sent me a list of malaphors and malaprops that his wife has uttered over the years. This one is a particular favorite of mine.