from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. As much thread as is put into a needle at one time
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. As much thread as is used in a needle at one time.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. As much thread as is put at once into a needle.
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Tenenbaum jammed a needleful of atropine into his heart.
Justin whimpered remotely as the needleful of steroids went into his arm, his eyes closed as if he were deep in a bad dream.
Presently he said to the Gobbo, “I desire that thou sew me up my pocket;” and the tailor took a needleful of silk and sewed up his pocket which he. had torn purposely; whereupon Ibrahim gave him five dinars and returned to his lodging.
Modeste, determined to think Canalis sublime, sat motionless with amazement; the embroidery slipped from her fingers, which held it only by the needleful of thread.
I am glad I was not really much afraid of him — that, indeed, close in his presence, I felt no terror at all; for upon his demanding cord and gibbet to execute the sentence recently pronounced, I was able to furnish him with a needleful of embroidering thread with such accommodating civility as could not but allay some portion at least of his surplus irritation.
At a stroke this had laid waste the good spirits in which he had got up that morning; even if, for the moment, it had done no more than pull him up short, as one is pulled up by a knot in a needleful of pack-thread, or a dumb note on a keyboard.
'Yes, I did, but they'd already give her a needleful o' scag, and she were just totally monged out, selling her body, so I tried to grab her and run and they beat me up bad and that were the end of that ... '
Jam-packed though they were, Robert squirmed and wriggled until he was able to reach into his pocket and produce the wherewithal to prepare a needleful of heroin, the tin foil, the cigarette lighter, the twist of dirty brown powder.
"Sit down, my dear, I 'm glad to see you, but excuse me if I go on with my work, as I' m in a driving hurry to get these things done to-night," said the brisk little lady, with a smile and a nod, as she took a new needleful of thread, and ran up
You just take a needleful of that yellow worsted and start tracking across a couple of yards of red and pathless desert, and see where you come out.