They also seem to take special pleasure in needling the clean-cut, well-starched Romney camp.
The handicap, after some needling back and forth, was fixed at eight strokes.
It might be considered the younger, post-Tiananmen generation's way of needling the power.
Jon Stewart warmed up for his Washington rally this weekend by needling the president on the Daily Show.
needling or acupuncture consists in piercing the nerve at intervals in the buttock and thigh with long steel needles.
Chewing the scriber and needling his brain, he slowly built up a list of other possibilities.
The chairman explained that the infrequent meetings were used mostly for "needling people and asking for statistics."
And naturally Marina was needling him all the time to buy an automobile.
On and on went the five, needling, pressing at every weak spot, trying to break him down.
Apart from an impression, as a matter of fact you were present and knew she was needling him to purchase an automobile?
Old English nædl, from Proto-Germanic *næthlo (cf. Old Saxon nathla, Old Norse nal, Old Frisian nedle, Old High German nadala, German Nadel, Gothic neþla "needle"), literally "a tool for sewing," from PIE *net-la-, from root *(s)ne- "to sew, to spin" (cf. Sanskrit snayati "wraps up," Greek nein "to spin," Latin nere "to spin," German nähen "to sew," Old Church Slavonic niti "thread," Old Irish snathat "needle," Welsh nyddu "to sew," nodwydd "needle") + instrumental suffix *-tla.
To seke out one lyne in all hys bookes wer to go looke a nedle in a meadow. [Thomas More, c.1530]Meaning "piece of magnetized steel in a compass" is from late 14c. (on a dial or indicator from 1928); the surgical instrument so called from 1727; phonographic sense from 1902; sense of "leaf of a fir or pine tree" first attested 1797. Needledom "the world of sewing" is from 1847. Needle's eye, figurative of a minute opening, often is a reference to Matt. xix:24.
1715, "to sew or pierce with a needle," from needle (n.). Meaning "goad, provoke" (1881) probably is from earlier meaning "haggle in making a bargain" (1812). Related: Needled; needling.
needling nee·dling (nēd'l-ĭng)
Dissection of a soft or secondary cataract.
needle nee·dle (nēd'l)
A slender, usually sharp-pointed instrument used for puncturing tissues, suturing, or passing a ligature around an artery.
A hollow, slender, sharp-pointed instrument used for injection or aspiration.
used only in the proverb, "to pass through a needle's eye" (Matt. 19:24; Mark 10:25; Luke 18:25). Some interpret the expression as referring to the side gate, close to the principal gate, usually called the "eye of a needle" in the East; but it is rather to be taken literally. The Hebrew females were skilled in the use of the needle (Ex. 28:39; 26:36; Judg. 5:30).