pins and needles

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pins and needles

pl.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.

pins and needles

n (functioning as singular)
1. a tingling sensation in the fingers, toes, legs, etc, caused by the return of normal blood circulation after its temporary impairment
2. on pins and needles in a state of anxious suspense or nervous anticipation

pins′ and nee′dles


n.pl.
a tingly, prickly sensation in a limb that is recovering from numbness.
Idioms:
on pins and needles, in a state of nervous anticipation.
[1800–10]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pins and needles - a sharp tingling sensation from lack of circulation
prickling, tingling, tingle - a somatic sensation as from many tiny prickles
Translations
تَنْميل في الرِّجْل
brnění
zsibbadás
náladofi
karıncalanmauyuşma

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pin

(pin) noun
1. a short, thin, pointed piece of metal used eg to hold pieces of fabric, paper etc together, especially when making clothes. The papers are fastened together by a pin.
2. a similar but more ornamental object. a hat-pin.
verbpast tense, past participle pinned
1. to fasten with a pin. She pinned the material together.
2. to hold by pressing against something. The fallen tree pinned him to the ground.
ˈpincushion noun
a small cushion or similar object into which pins are pushed for keeping.
ˈpinhole noun
a hole made by a pin. A pinhole camera does not need a lens.
ˈpinpoint verb
to place or show very exactly. He pinpointed the position on the map.
ˈpin-up noun
1. a picture of an attractive girl (or man), often pinned on a wall. He has dozens of pin-ups in his room; (also adjective) a pin-up girl.
2. the girl (or man). She's the favourite pin-up of the soldiers.
pin down
to make (someone) give a definite answer, statement, opinion or promise. I can't pin him down to a definite date for his arrival.
pins and needles
a tingling feeling in one's hands, arms, feet or legs. I've got pins and needles in my arm.

pins and needles

npl (sensation) hormigueo
References in classic literature ?
Merlin hesitated a moment or two, and I was on pins and needles during that little while.
he said, looking so soothingly, not to say amorously on Miggs, that she sat, as she afterwards remarked, on pins and needles of the sharpest Whitechapel kind, not knowing what intentions might be suggesting that expression to his features:
She went with her mother, who, of course, when she heard of a stranger being in the neighbourhood, would be on pins and needles till she had seen her and got all she could out of her.