nee|dle1 [ˈni:dl] n
thread, ↑reel
4¦(medical treatment)¦
7 like looking for a needle in a haystack
[: Old English; Origin: nAdl]
1.) ¦(SEWING)¦
a) a small thin piece of steel, with a point at one end and a hole in the other, used for sewing
a needle and thread
a tapestry needle
2.) ¦(DRUGS)¦
a very thin, pointed steel tube at the end of a ↑syringe, which is pushed into your skin to put a drug or medicine into your body or to take out blood
She carried hypodermic needles and syringes in her bag.
Drug users are at risk when they share needles.
3.) ¦(POINTER)¦
a long thin piece of metal on a scientific instrument that moves backwards and forwards and points to numbers or directions
a compass needle
a long, very thin piece of metal used in ↑acupuncture (=a kind of medical treatment originally used in China)
5.) ¦(LEAF)¦
a small needle-shaped leaf, especially from a ↑pine tree
pine needles
6.) ¦(RECORDS)¦
the very small, pointed part in a ↑record player that touches the record in order to play it
7.) like looking for a needle in a haystack informal
used to say that something is almost impossible to find
Finding out which file you want can be like looking for a needle in a haystack.
needle 2
needle2 v [T] informal
to deliberately annoy someone by making unkind remarks or jokes about them
= ↑rib, tease ↑tease
I just said that to Charlie to needle him.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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