from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A game in which children, especially girls, stand in a row holding hands, and the outer one, still holding the one next, runs between the others under their uplifted hands, and is followed by the rest in turn. Also called thread and needle.


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  • There really was some cause for apprehension, for the thread-needle man stationed before the parlor grate below was that moment holding conjugal council with a tall, dark-featured woman, on the very subject which cast the one little shadow over Mrs. Chester's expectations.

    The Old Homestead

  • The man on the first floor kept a small thread-needle establishment.

    The Old Homestead

  • Let's see if I can't maybe thread-needle through that mind block. "

    Wild Dreams of Reality, 5


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