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- n. Plural form of needling.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
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Seems to me to be just another one of Mason's sarcastic needlings of Dixon's tendency to rain on parades/be pessimistic, no?
Now, however, she claims to have a laissez-faire attitude to all things physical, despite the constant needlings of the media, inclined to picture her in bikinis on holiday and mourn/champion her physical inadequacies.
He'd tell all those know-it-alls we'll have no bad feelings, or waterboard action or pincushion needlings.