pins and needles

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pins and needles

  1. (informal) A tingling or prickling sensation, felt in a limb when a nerve compression is relieved and in other situations.
    Synonym: paresthesia
    • 1990, S. DelPin Failla; V. Fox, Ask the O.R. (number 6), volume 90, The American Journal of Nursing, page 18:
      The sensations caused by the loss of this nerve vary from numbness or "pins and needles" to severe pain.

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