be on pins and needles

(redirected from are on pins and needles)

be on pins and needles

To be anxious and tense. The phrase likely derived from the tingling sensation (called "pins and needles") that occurs when blood flow returns to a numb limb. A: "Why is Carrie pacing?" B: "She's waiting for the doctor to call with her test results, so she's been on pins and needles all day."
See also: and, needle, on, pin
References in periodicals archive ?
JPL engineers and scientists are on pins and needles as the spacecraft streaks toward Mars at more than 48,000 mph because of the recent jinx that's plagued Mars missions.