haystack

(redirected from Haystacks)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Wikipedia.

needle in a haystack

Something that is very difficult to locate. Trying to find my contact lens on the floor was like looking for a needle in a haystack.
See also: haystack, needle

like looking for a needle in a haystack

Fig. engaged in a hopeless search. Trying to find a white glove in the snow is like looking for a needle in a haystack. I tried to find my lost contact lens on the beach, but it was like looking for a needle in a haystack.
See also: haystack, like, look, needle

a needle in a haystack

something extremely hard to find It's pretty much a needle in a haystack because these fish are extremely hard to find.
Usage notes: also used in the forms look for a needle in a haystack and find a needle in a haystack
Etymology: based on the idea that it is to almost impossible to find a thin sewing needle in a haystack (a very tall pile of dried grass)
See also: haystack, needle

be like looking for a needle in a haystack

to be difficult or impossible to find I don't know how you find anything in your desk, Polly. It's like looking for a needle in a haystack.
See also: haystack, like, look, needle

needle in a haystack

An item that is very hard or impossible to locate, as in Looking for that screw in Dean's workshop amounts to looking for a needle in a haystack. Originating in the early 1500s, with meadow instead of haystack, this metaphor exists in many other languages as well.
See also: haystack, needle
References in periodicals archive ?
Haystacks, whose TV bouts with stars like Big Daddy once drew up to 16million viewers, died at home in Manchester.
But the complainant told police that Tiny was also known as Haystacks, after Giant Haystacks the wrestler.
11 If a farmer has five haystacks in one field and four haystacks in a second field, how many haystacks would he have if he combined them all in a third field?
The Pussycat Doll, 31, said: "I don't go jumping in haystacks that often.
The Pussycat Doll said: "I don't go jumping in haystacks that often.
THE Foundry Theatre Group bring their fantastically funny hit show Big Daddy vs Giant Haystacks to Blackwood Miners Institute tomorrow.
Headline names included Birmingham's own Pat Roach, who later found fame as an actor and starred in Auf Wiedersehen Pet, Mick McManus, Giant Haystacks, Jackie Pallo and Big Daddy.
Heavyweight wrestlers Big Daddy and Giant Haystacks stretched Spandex to breaking point, their bulging bellies colliding in the ring like two beached whales, watched by millions on Saturday afternoon television.
Rick Perry, knee high in haystacks, challenged President Obama on job creation.
As Jonathan Barnford, assistant commissioner at the Information Commissioner's Office, asked the London Telegraph, "When you are looking for a needle in a haystack, is it necessary to keep building bigger haystacks?
How many of us must have larked around on haystacks as children and disturbed neatly stacked bales in order to make snug little houses?
com and by going out in search of these toys each year during The Great American Toy Hunt(TM), a nationwide tour designed to find "needles in haystacks," toys that are so ingenious and involving they withstand the test of time.
His treatment at the hands of 40-stone wrestler Giant Haystacks 20 years ago is still featured on It'll Be Alright on the Night.
All I can remember is somehow managing to squeeze between two haystacks and bouncing through a ploughed field before managing to get back on the road,'' he chortled.
It is believed the bomb - nicknamed Giant Haystacks by police - was to have been planted by an IRA gang determined to wreck any hopes of a pre- Christmas truce.