The magic is in the impossible accomplishments born of wool, a needle, and a steady hand.
A sheet covered his body from the neck down, making it impossible to see where, exactly, the needle had been inserted.
Meanwhile, the Clintons poured themselves into the race, but hardly moved the needle in the end.
Her campaign was a textbook exercise in trying to thread the needle (unsuccessfully).
"Moving the needle on individual donors is what it's all about," says Stannard-Stockton.
“As well look for a needle in a haystack,” observed the far-seeing Bob.
Wherever I glance my eyes, they meet something that pricks them like a needle.
The blade was broad, with the edge of a razor and the point of a needle.
Who that has poached a pile does not gravitate there, as the needle to the pole?
She writes and plays the koto well, besides being clever at her needle, and can skilfully sew crpe and silken robes.
Old English nædl, from Proto-Germanic *næthlo (cf. Old Saxon nathla, Old Norse nal, Old Frisian nedle, Old High German nadala, German Nadel, Gothic neþla "needle"), literally "a tool for sewing," from PIE *net-la-, from root *(s)ne- "to sew, to spin" (cf. Sanskrit snayati "wraps up," Greek nein "to spin," Latin nere "to spin," German nähen "to sew," Old Church Slavonic niti "thread," Old Irish snathat "needle," Welsh nyddu "to sew," nodwydd "needle") + instrumental suffix *-tla.
To seke out one lyne in all hys bookes wer to go looke a nedle in a meadow. [Thomas More, c.1530]Meaning "piece of magnetized steel in a compass" is from late 14c. (on a dial or indicator from 1928); the surgical instrument so called from 1727; phonographic sense from 1902; sense of "leaf of a fir or pine tree" first attested 1797. Needledom "the world of sewing" is from 1847. Needle's eye, figurative of a minute opening, often is a reference to Matt. xix:24.
1715, "to sew or pierce with a needle," from needle (n.). Meaning "goad, provoke" (1881) probably is from earlier meaning "haggle in making a bargain" (1812). Related: Needled; needling.
needle nee·dle (nēd'l)
A slender, usually sharp-pointed instrument used for puncturing tissues, suturing, or passing a ligature around an artery.
A hollow, slender, sharp-pointed instrument used for injection or aspiration.
used only in the proverb, "to pass through a needle's eye" (Matt. 19:24; Mark 10:25; Luke 18:25). Some interpret the expression as referring to the side gate, close to the principal gate, usually called the "eye of a needle" in the East; but it is rather to be taken literally. The Hebrew females were skilled in the use of the needle (Ex. 28:39; 26:36; Judg. 5:30).