pins and needles

plural noun

Definition of pins and needles

  1. :  a pricking tingling sensation in a limb growing numb or recovering from numbness

on pins and needles

  1. :  in a nervous or jumpy state of anticipation

First Known Use of pins and needles

1813


PINS AND NEEDLES Defined for English Language Learners

pins and needles

noun

Definition of pins and needles for English Language Learners

  • : the unpleasant tingling feeling in a part of your body (such as your arm or leg) as it becomes numb or recovers from being numb


Medical Dictionary

pins and needles

noun plural

Medical Definition of pins and needles

  1. :  a pricking tingling sensation in a limb growing numb or recovering from numbness


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