thread-needle

noun
variants: or less commonly thread-the-needle \ˈ⸗⸗ˈ⸗⸗ \

Definition of thread-needle 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a children's game in which all join hands and the leader followed by the other players passes under the arched arms of those at the other end

2 : a country dance figure resembling the procession of the thread-needle game

thread-needle

intransitive verb
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Definition of thread-needle (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to play or move as if playing thread-needle

2 : to execute the thread-needle figure in dancing

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History and Etymology for thread-needle

Noun

thread-needle from thread entry 2 + needle, noun; thread-the-needle from the phrase thread the needle

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