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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

be like looking for a needle in a haystack

To be similar to searching for something that is very difficult to locate, especially something small and/or something hidden among similar things. Trying to find my contact lens on the floor was like looking for a needle in a haystack.
See also: haystack, like, look, 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
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NodeHaystack provides a fully scalable, fast server interface, for anyone wishing to implement a Haystack server of their own.
Geology 101: Made of basalt, Haystack Rock rises 235 feet and is considered one of the largest sea stacks along the Pacific Coast; Bishop says some 14 1/2 million years ago, the Ginkgo lava flow, originating in Eastern Washington, flowed down Columbia River drainage to the ocean, where the basalt sunk and then "re-erupted" to make Haystack Rock.
Ashley Roberts teamed up with Eric to uncover keys hidden in a haystack to open boxes containing money so they could buy food.
Bruce was employed for more than 25 years by MIT- Haystack Observatory, Westford, where he worked as an Engineering Project Technician until the time of his death.
Many people (students, teachers, artists, architects) have felt that way about the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts.
Navy experiments like the HAYSTACK and UPTIDE series therefore offer collectively an excellent opportunity to study organizational adaptation and change in response to new technologies and threats and to consider the conduct of distributed operations in the absence of a network.
Through his extensive research, he found Moore & Scarry Advertising's Haystack automated vehicle paid search solution.
We have halted ongoing testing of Haystack in Iran pending a security review," HaystackNetwork.
Pop stars Prince and Rihanna and German model Claudia Schiffer were among guests in the front row of the Paris show, watching models in white knit and lace dresses circle a giant haystack in a barn.
BOSSES at a Scots tourist attraction have been told to tear down a giant haystack over health and safety fears.
We went behind a haystack so we couldn't be seen and lit a small fire, but within minutes the whole haystack was ablaze.
When the police are looking for a needle in a haystack, giving them a larger haystack can't be the correct answer.
His work includes Haystack Mountain School of Crafts on Deer Isle, Maine, Crown Center in Kansas City, 590 Madison Avenue (formerly the IBM Building) in New York City, 599 Lexington Avenue, in New York, The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, The Dallas Museum of Art, Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building in Washington, D.
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?
We've located this needle in a haystack," says Vernick.