a needle in a haystack

Definition of a needle in a haystack

informal
:someone or something that is very hard to find
  • Searching for your earring at the park will be like looking for a needle in a haystack.

Word by Word Definitions

needle play
  1. : a small slender usually steel instrument that has an eye for thread or surgical sutures at one end and that is used for sewing

  2. : any of various devices for carrying thread and making stitches (as in crocheting or knitting)

  3. : a slender hollow instrument for introducing material into or removing material from the body (as by insertion under the skin)

  1. : to sew or pierce with or as if with a needle

  2. : tease, torment

  3. : to incite to action by repeated gibes

haystack play
  1. : a stack of hay

  2. : a vertical standing wave in turbulent river waters


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