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on pins and needles
- (idiomatic) Feeling sharp anticipation or anxiety; in a state of suspense.
- 1889, Mark Twain, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, ch. 6:
- Merlin hesitated a moment or two, and I was on pins and needles during that little while.
- 1923, Hugh Lofting, The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle, part 5, ch. 1:
- I was on pins and needles of expectation and curiosity.