on pins and needles

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Prepositional phrase[edit]

on pins and needles

  1. (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.


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