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needle
  • noun
    A very fine slender piece of polished metal with a point at one end and a hole or eye for thread at the other, used in sewing. (a darning needle)
    The pointed hollow end of a hypodermic syringe.
    A thin pointer on a dial, compass, or other instrument. (the meter needle barely moved)
    A stylus used to play records. (she wound the gramophone and lowered the needle on to the record)
    The sharp, stiff, slender leaf of a fir or pine tree.
    A pointed rock or peak. (just left of the needle is a steep wall for those who like bold climbing)
    Hostility or antagonism provoked by rivalry. (there is already a little bit of needle between the sides)
    A beam used as a temporary support during underpinning.
    verb
    Prick or pierce with or as if with a needle. (dust needled his eyes)
    Provoke or annoy (someone) by continual criticism or questioning. (I just said that to Charlie to needle him)

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