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needle

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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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dial, face, gauge (also gage)


needle

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1 to attack repeatedly with mean put-downs or insults
  • We couldn't resist needling him about his childhood nickname, "Bubbles."
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make game of, pick on

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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pick at

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