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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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A week later, Thurman had to go through the eye of the needle against Josesito Lopez.
'He's going to take a long, long time,' I thought, 'With those thick glasses, he won't know where the needle is and where the thread should go!' And then I stared dumbfounded as with one swift move he identified the eye of the needle and got the thread in.
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EXHIBITION Willard Wigan MBE: In the Eye of the Needle This exhibition showcases 21 miniature works from micro sculture Willard's collection which sit within the eye of a needle or on the head of a pin.
The 82-year-old has starred in a number of successful movies such as "The Dirty Dozen", "Invasion of the Body Snatchers", "A Time To Kill" and "Eye of the Needle" and most recently he appeared in "The Hunger Games" franchise as President Snow.
Callum McGregor 6 No lack of endeavour but with 10 behind the ball he struggled to thread the eye of the needle. James Forrest 6 Confronted by two blue shirts at every turn, spent a lot of his night forced inside rather than forward.
Anchored by BiCE Palm Beach Ristorante, one of the strongest-performing restaurants within the chain, the property is 89.4 percent leased to a variety of retail and office tenants, including Acento Jewelry, David Chase, Haberdashery, DJT Fine Art, Eye of the Needle, Christies Real Estate, Washington Growth Strategies, Cashmere Beach and Cruciani.
Described as 'the 8th wonder of the world,' Wigan's work includes an interpretation of da Vinci's, The Last Supper, Cinderella, her ugly sisters and stepmother in the eye of the needle and Prince Albert on the head of a pin.
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Career: Mayall made his small-screen debut in 1981 as the protagonist in Kevin Turvey Investigates, closely followed by TV series A Kick Up the Eighties and small roles in films Eye of the Needle and An American Werewolf in London.
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"First Group race, first win, it's superb," said Hamelin, who threaded Saonois through the eye of the needle between the Jean-Claude Rouget pair Saint Loup and Beauvoir.
A little more than 25 years ago, I published an article entitled "Passing Through the Eye of the Needle" in the Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences.
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Follett, a 58-year-old native of Cardiff, is known for spectacular thrillers such as Lie Down With Lions, Eye Of The Needle and World Without End, published last month, a sequel to The Pillars Of The Earth, published in 1989.