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pins and needles

noun
1.
a tingly, prickly sensation in a limb that is recovering from numbness.
Idioms
2.
on pins and needles, in a state of nervous anticipation:
The father-to-be was on pins and needles.
Origin
1800-1810
1800-10
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British Dictionary definitions for on pins needles

pins and needles

noun (functioning as sing) (informal)
1.
a tingling sensation in the fingers, toes, legs, etc, caused by the return of normal blood circulation after its temporary impairment
2.
on pins and needles, in a state of anxious suspense or nervous anticipation
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