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noun
a tingly, prickly sensation in a limb that is recovering from numbness.
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Idioms about pins and needles

    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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