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give someone the needle

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give someone the needle

verb phrase

To nag at someone; criticize regularly and smartingly; hassle, needle: The only needle she knows is the one she gives grandpa for stopping off at the bar on his way home (1940s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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