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Needle in a haystack

An item that is very hard or impossible to locate, as in Looking for that screw in Dean’s workshop amounts to looking for a needle in a haystack. Originating in the early 1500s, with meadow instead of haystack, this metaphor exists in many other languages as well.


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  • Needlelike

    [need-l] /ˈnid l/ noun 1. a small, slender, rodlike instrument, usually of polished steel, with a sharp point at one end and an eye or hole for thread at the other, for passing thread through cloth to make stitches in sewing. 2. any of various similar, usually considerably larger, implements for making stitches, as one […]

  • Needlenose

    noun a pair of small pliers with tapered pointed ends; also called needle nose , needle-nose pliers , needlenose pliers Examples The needlenose is handy for repairing jewelry.

  • Needle nose

    noun See needlenose

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