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needle, the

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needle, the

noun phrase

  1. Injurious and provocative remarks; nagging criticism: He's always ready with the needle (1940+)
  2. Narcotics injections; the narcotics habit: The needle finally killed him (1940s+ Narcotics)

Related Terms

give someone the needle, off the needle, on the needle

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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