American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A tingling sensation felt in a part of the body numbed from lack of circulation.
- idiom. on pins and needles In a state of tense anticipation.
- n. informal A tingling or prickling sensation, felt in a limb when a lack of circulation is relieved and in other situations.
- n. a sharp tingling sensation from lack of circulation
“The pins and needles hurting; Tim gone, replaced by a blond ingenu.”
“The faces were up against each other so that they couldn’t be distinguished individually; Danny zoomed out, in, out, in, until he was pressed into the window glass with the pins and needles localized between his legs, his eyes honing for mid-shots, closeups, faces.”
“Pressing his forehead against the cold window-pane, as he used to do when he was a child, and keeping it there until the skin turned white and he felt pins and needles in his head, Maigret, without realizing it, followed the movements of two workmen who, on the other side of the Seine, were working on some scaffolding.”
“ No wonder these women were so graceful and fluid; their limbs would be trained from childhood to accept such a pose, while hers protested agonisingly, pins and needles stabbing painfully through both feet.”
“But here we are, speaking of my sartorial tragedies, when I am on pins and needles to hear about this Cassius-Talleyrand of yours.”
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Collocations with 'and' & 'or'
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adam and eve, again and again, alpha and omega, arts and crafts, b and b, back and forth, bacon and eggs, be-all and end-all, bells and whistles, black and blue, black and tan, blood and guts and 165 more...
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