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needle

noun [C]  us   /ˈni·dəl/

needle noun [C] (TOOL)

a thin, solid, metal piece with a sharp point at one end, esp. one used for sewing that has a hole to hold thread: Can you thread this needle for me? A needle is also a small stick with a point or hook, used to make stitches: knitting needles A needle is also a thin metal tube with a sharp, pointed end, used to put a liquid, such as a medicine, into the body or to remove a liquid, such as blood, from the body.

needle noun [C] (POINTER)

needle noun [C] (LEAF)

one of the thin, stiff, green leaves of some evergreen trees: pine needles

needle

verb [T]  us   /ˈni·dəl/ infml

needle verb [T] (ANNOY)

to purposely annoy someone by making critical remarks or jokes: I hate to be needled about my weight.
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