Meaning of on pins and needles in English:

on pins and needles


  • In an agitated state of suspense.

    ‘You look like you're sitting on pins and needles.’
    • ‘Now they sit on pins and needles, figuratively speaking, because, now that you're back, they don't know if you are to be depended upon.’
    • ‘It will keep people on pins and needles for the next 48 months but we'll keep trucking along.’
    • ‘I'm waiting on pins and needles for the results.’
    • ‘During the week-long interval, she was on pins and needles.’
    • ‘People are on pins and needles to see what controversial remarks high-ranking officials in the Roh administration will make next.’
    • ‘Everyone was on pins and needles to see if the elections went off smoothly and fierce legal battles could be avoided.’
    • ‘We were on pins and needles for all the game.’
    • ‘I don't regret my recent purchase; I suppose I'm just frustrated because my timing means I'll be walking on pins and needles every time I want to download/buy new software, etc.’
    • ‘He had finally perfected what he was going to say, and he was waiting on pins and needles for his chance to put all his worries to rest.’
    in suspense, waiting with bated breath
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