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Definition of needle verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    needle somebody (informal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they needle
    he / she / it needles
    past simple needled
    -ing form needling
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  1. 1to deliberately annoy someone, especially by criticizing them continuously synonym antagonize
  2. 2 Don't let her needle you. He knew Jo was trying to needle him into losing his temper.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: needle