Meaning of NEEDLE in English

NEEDLE

noun

1 for sewing, knitting, etc.

ADJECTIVE

▪ long

▪ blunt

▪ sharp

▪ fine

▪ darning , embroidery , knitting , sewing , tapestry

VERB + NEEDLE

▪ use

▪ thread

NEEDLE + VERB

▪ prick sb/sth

PHRASES

▪ the eye of a ~

▪ ~ and thread

She sewed it on with ~ and thread.

▪ a ~ in a haystack

Looking for one man in a city this size is like looking for a ~ in a haystack ( = difficult to find ).

2 for drugs

ADJECTIVE

▪ hypodermic , syringe

▪ injection

▪ long

▪ sharp

▪ fine , thin

▪ clean , sterile

▪ contaminated , dirty , infected ( esp. BrE )

▪ used

VERB + NEEDLE

▪ inject , insert , jab (sb with) , plunge , push , put , stick

He saw her stick a ~ into her arm.

▪ remove , withdraw

▪ use

▪ share

the dangers of sharing ~s

NEEDLE + VERB

▪ go in

The ~ went in easily.

▪ pierce sth

She winced when she felt the ~ pierce her skin.

NEEDLE + NOUN

▪ tip

▪ exchange

~ exchange schemes ( BrE )

~ exchange programs ( AmE )

(= where drug users can change used needles for clean ones)

▪ biopsy

PHRASES

▪ the prick of a ~

3 on a compass/instrument

ADJECTIVE

▪ magnetic

▪ compass

NEEDLE + VERB

▪ move

The ~ moved away from the wind.

▪ point

PHRASES

▪ the ~ of a compass

4 on a pine tree

ADJECTIVE

▪ conifer , pine

VERB + NEEDLE

▪ drop , lose

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