Definition of pins and needles in English:

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pins and needles

plural noun

A tingling sensation in a limb recovering from numbness.
Example sentences
  • I have received quite a few letters from people suffering from restless legs, pins and needles and other tingling sensations which have not been found to be caused by anything in particular.
  • She climbed on his back and lay there, felt the surface beneath start to prick like pins and needles in the rising warmth.
  • These symptoms consist mainly of tingling, numbness, a sensation of pins and needles in the extremities, and muscle aches.


on pins and needles

In an agitated state of suspense.
Example sentences
  • With the world glued to their TVs, watching on pins and needles, NASA today scrubbed the launch of Space Shuttle Discovery at the last minute.
  • ‘Quite frankly, everyone is on pins and needles,’ she says.
  • I know that I was all ready to post my most exciting secrets on Saturday morning and I'm sure that you were all on pins and needles, too, but sometimes life steps in and puts other things in your path.

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Syllabification: pins and nee·dles

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