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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.
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be like trying to find 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 trying to find a needle in a haystack.

like looking for a needle in a haystack

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

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

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

like looking for a needle in a haystack

If trying to find something is like looking for a needle in a haystack, it is extremely difficult or impossible. She was told by police that searching for the dog would be like looking for a needle in a haystack. Note: This expression is very variable. It soon became clear that we were looking for a needle in a haystack. It's very much a needle in a haystack situation that we're dealing with.
See also: haystack, like, look, needle

a needle in a haystack

something that is almost impossible to find because it is concealed by so many other similar things.
2002 New York Times Magazine Terrorists don't fit a consistent profile: you're looking for a needle in a haystack, but the color and shape of the needle keep changing.
See also: haystack, needle

like looking for/trying to find a ˌneedle in a ˈhaystack

very difficult to find: How can we ever find the quotation if you don’t even know what part of the book it comes from? It’ll be like looking for a needle in a haystack.

needle in a haystack, (like finding) a

An item that is extremely difficult, if not impossible, to find. This term dates from the sixteenth century, although “haystack” at first appeared as “meadow” (in Sir Thomas More’s Works, 1532), “bottle of hay” (Robert Greene, 1592), or “load of hay” (John Taylor, 1619). The same metaphor exists in numerous languages.
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Claude Monet's Meules, a masterpiece from his Haystacks Series
The oil on canvas was completed in 1890 and is one of only four works from the "Haystacks" series to be auctioned this century, and one of only eight examples belonging to private owners.
The wrestlers in the ring are Giant Haystacks, Bruno Elrington and Big Daddy.
During that time, he was best known for being the tag team partner of the legendary Giant Haystacks, and the two super heavyweights competed across the globe.
Glam WRESTLERADRIAN Street with his coal miner father in 1974 THEY went by names like Giant Haystacks, Big Daddy and Kendo Nagasaki and were the darlings of wrestling.
Well let me assure them that the sight of Nicholas Witchell being sat on by a Giant Haystacks or Paul Burrell being given a corkscrew elbow drop followed by a gorilla press slam is a guaranteed winner in our house.
Back in the eighties, stars such as Big Daddy, Mick McManus and Giant Haystacks threw each other around, watched by old grannies armed with handbags on World of Sport every week.
But the complainant told police that Tiny was also known as Haystacks, after Giant Haystacks the wrestler.
That's the thing with House of Fools: you have to sift through a lot of mildly amusing haystacks to find a comedy needle, and that includes a musical interlude halfway through that might leave some opting to do their own washing up.
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?
Harry asks the blonde beauty to pose as the owner of a priceless Monet called Haystacks At Dusk, which Shabandar is desperate to acquire as a companion canvas to the other Haystacks in his private collection.
THE Foundry Theatre Group bring their fantastically funny hit show Big Daddy vs Giant Haystacks to Blackwood Miners Institute tomorrow.
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.
The Lincolnshire trainer (below) raised about pounds 2,000 when successfully scaling Blencathra 'Sharp Edge' in the Lake District in 2009, and although the 1,960ft Haystacks is not as physically demanding, he is convinced the real test of endurance will come from having his daughter Nadia, commercial manager at Nottingham racecourse, for company.