needle in a haystack

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needle in a haystack (plural needles in a haystack or needles in haystacks)

  1. (idiomatic) something that is difficult or impossible to locate; something impossibly complex or intractable
    You'll never find the paper you need on her desk. You're looking for a needle in a haystack.
    Synonym: needle in a straw poll

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