pins and needles
a tingly, prickly sensation in a limb that is recovering from numbness.
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- pinpoint bombing,
- pins' syndrome,
on pins and needles, in a state of nervous anticipation: The father-to-be was on pins and needles.
Origin of pins and needles
First recorded in 1800–10
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pins and needles
noun (functioning as singular) informal
a tingling sensation in the fingers, toes, legs, etc, caused by the return of normal blood circulation after its temporary impairment
on pins and needles in a state of anxious suspense or nervous anticipation
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