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needle

noun

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(Entry 1 of 2)

1 a slender hollow instrument by which material is put into or taken from the body through the skin
  • the nurse inserted the needle into his vein and collected some blood for testing

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2 an arrow-shaped piece on a dial or scale for registering information
  • simply by reading the compass needle you should be able to figure out in which direction we're heading

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needle

verb

Synonyms & Antonyms of needle (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to attack repeatedly with mean put-downs or insults
  • we needled him mercilessly for thinking that he had any chance of being the prom date for the school's most popular girl

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2 to subject (someone) to constant scoldings and sharp reminders
  • quit needling me! I'll take out the trash in a minute!

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The first known use of needle was before the 12th century

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“Needle.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/needle. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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