a needle in a haystack

Definition of a needle in a haystack


  1. :  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

  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

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

    :  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

    :  tease, torment

    :  to incite to action by repeated gibes

  1. :  a stack of hay

    :  a vertical standing wave in turbulent river waters

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to criticize severely

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