pins and needles


a tingly, prickly sensation in a limb that is recovering from numbness.

Nearby words

  1. pinotage,
  2. pinpoint,
  3. pinpoint bombing,
  4. pinprick,
  5. pins,
  6. pins' syndrome,
  7. pinscher,
  8. pinsent,
  9. pinsetter,
  10. pinsk


    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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for pins and needles

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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