Meaning of bed of nails in English:

bed of nails

phrase

  • 1A board with nails pointing out of it, as lain on by fakirs and ascetics.

    ‘He watches a fakir twirl on his nose on a bed of nails.’
    • ‘It's like walking on broken glass, lying on a bed of nails and having a concrete block broken on your chest.’
    • ‘The devoted England fan who showed his passion by lying on a bed of nails during the clash with Brazil has been invited to go to Japan and repeat the performance - during the World Cup final.’
    • ‘Lying on a bed of nails, while a 7,000 kg truck over his stomach, he did not flinch for even a second.’
    • ‘Then, Craig told us about how his father once lay on a bed of nails and he then got on top of his father and lifted weights.’
    • ‘Alex can ride the unicycle, lie on a bed of nails, spin plates, juggle, deliver gags and is now mastering the art of puppetry.’
    • ‘The word fakir often brings to mind the image of a thin, old Indian man, lying on a bed of nails, walking on hot coals or accomplishing any other kind of apparently impossible demonstration.’
    • ‘An instructor of Indian traditional dance swirled and swayed on a bed of nails for more than 30 minutes in Kuala Lumpur, leaving her with slightly bloodied feet and claims to a record.’
    • ‘It felt as if she was walking on a bed of nails barefoot.’
    • ‘He lies on a bed of nails buried under a stack of cement blocks and walks on broken glass and machetes in his bare feet.’
    1. 1.1A problematic or uncomfortable situation.
      ‘he took over the Liberal leadership after that bed of nails had been vacated by Lord Rosebery’
      • ‘Motherhood is a bed of nails that requires a lot of adjustment before you can get comfortable.’
      • ‘So a third term for the prime minister would immediately be a bed of nails unless he made major concessions to his critics.’
      • ‘However, those who suffered extreme injustice would have to go through a tough test before they were permitted to see the local governor - they would have to lie on a bed of nails.’
      • ‘I was there as the Sunday Herald's village idiot, I'd made my bed of nails, and I was going to have to lie on it.’
      • ‘Ms Hardy, the first woman to occupy the editor's bed of nails, falls, alas, into the latter category.’
      • ‘She first realised that her film career was on the skids when she signed up to do a film called Bed of Roses with Christian Slater which turned out to be a bed of nails.’
      • ‘Of course, in a high-intensity country like the United States, we don't need a bed of nails.’
      • ‘Much will depend on their top order to perform the rescue-act, otherwise they will be sitting on a bed of nails.’
      • ‘Instead, I mulled over the sequence of events bringing me here to this bed of nails.’
      • ‘The life she knew would take her nowhere except downhill, where, she expected, a bed of nails awaited her.’