Definition of pins and needles noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

pins and needles

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noun
BrE BrE//ˌpɪnz ən ˈniːdlz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌpɪnz ən ˈniːdlz//
 
[uncountable]
 
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  • an uncomfortable feeling in a part of your body, caused when a normal flow of blood returns after it has been partly blocked, especially because you have been sitting or lying in an awkward position to have pins and needles I’ve got pins and needles in my arm.
  • Idioms (North American English) = (be) on tenterhooks
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: pins and needles

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