eye of the needle

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eye of the needle

1. Literally, the opening at end of a needle through which a thread is passed so it can be used for sewing. Would you mind getting this thread through the eye of the needle for me? My eyesight is so bad, I can't see where it's supposed to go.
2. By extension, an extremely narrow space. Hyphenated if used as a modifier before a noun. There were so many people in the crowd, but we managed to make our way through the eye of the needle to get right in front of the stage. The player is remarkable for making eye-of-the-needle passes that slip between the defenders in front of their net.
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the eye of a needle

a very small opening or space (used to emphasize the impossibility of a projected endeavour).
This phrase comes from Matthew 19:24: ‘It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God’.
2001 FourFourTwo Able to thread a pass through the eye of a needle, he can play in the centre or on either flank.
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He then doubled his tally in the second half when Kieran Campbell aimed an eye-of-the-needle pass through to Tumity, who rounded the goalkeeper before shooting into an empty net.
The thing is, when high-profile crooks hire them, it sends the unmistakable message that they are so smart and so amoral they have no problem finding ways around the law or squeezing through its eye-of-the-needle loopholes.
The MINIPAK HDL connector consists of a right-angle plug and either a right-angle or vertical receptacle that uses an eye-of-the-needle tail for use in both solder and press-fit applications.
It was all eye-of-the-needle stuff which the Latvians were able to hold off, but Germany are a more direct team as they showed against Holland.
It was all eye-of-the-needle stuff which the Latvians were able to hold off,but Germany are a more direct team as they showed against Holland.
When I bring fresh ears to this little parable, it doesn't sound as if Jesus is talking so much about camels, eye-of-the-needle gates or saving rich folks; it sounds as if he is talking about God and me.
17 MIN - Scholes at his most ingenius with eye-of-the-needle passes threaded inside defenders and he set up club pal Nicky Butt for a great chance.
Maggert's eye-of-the-needle driving impressed everyone at the 1997 Ryder Cup.