thread the needle

thread the needle

1. To insert thread through the eye of a needle. You'll need to thread the needle before you can start sewing.
2. To pass something through a narrow space between two things. The quarterback really threaded the needle with that pass between two defenders.
3. A children's game in which the participants stand in a line and hold hands. The person at the end of the line then ducks under the others' linked arms, pulling the rest of the line along with him or her. Come on, we're playing thread the needle!
See also: needle, thread
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To start, unspool 4 to 5 feet of thread and thread the needle.
SMB coach Leo Austria continued to thread the needle with prized big man June Mar Fajardo as the veteran mentor keeping the three-time PBA Most Valuable Player on minutes restriction to give him time to recover from his calf injury while also keeping him fresh for the bigger wars ahead.
8 ballot because they failed to thread the needle of the state's ever more difficult requirements for getting voter-initiated issues on the ballot.
He had to thread the needle, to recognize the work that evening and also to address diversity.
Thread the needle with the wool and pierce a hole a centimetre above the bottom opening of the balloon shape.
With just six minutes gone by, he was able to thread the needle from the left flank with a low through-ball that found the foot of striker Luis Suarez.
Look at huge vast parts of the world where we are able to maintain the calm, able to navigate and thread the needle.
If a letter you're wrapping has holes, you'll need to thread the needle.
It is round or nearly round and is the hole, or opening, through which we thread the needle.
ORPIC outclassed Badr Al Samma while Barangay Ginebra needed to thread the needle against surprising FPI Team.
Aaron Sorkin's new show, 'The Newsroom', attempts to thread the needle in drawing a false distinction between media corporations and other corporations that might also want to speak about politics.
While it was widely expected the plan would pass, given that it was crafted to thread the needle between the philosophically opposite ends of the political spectrum, there were still no guarantees.
So, when it comes to the insurance fund, why not thread the needle between 1% and 1.
To achieve this look, thread the needle with the two ends of the string and pass the needle through the middle of the knotted material (Figures 5 & 6).