pins and needles

a tingly, prickly sensation in a limb that is recovering from numbness.
on pins and needles, in a state of nervous anticipation: The father-to-be was on pins and needles.

1800–10 Unabridged
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pins and needles
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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Example sentences
Touching her skin produced a burning sensation and the feeling of pins and needles, as if her skin was somehow asleep.
Your feet stay planted within the boot without getting pins and needles.
She's been feeling pins and needles in her hands and feet.
He almost has a heavy fall because of the pins and needles in his legs.
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