eye of the needle


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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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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.
Callum McGregor 6 No lack of endeavour but with 10 behind the ball he struggled to thread the eye of the needle.
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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.
5 to 21 event since those aiming for a Brazilian trip "will have to go through the eye of the needle.
The Allesley School of Dance student won her area final on May 23 singing Eye of the Needle by Australian singer Sia.
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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In Eye of the Needle, the overnight young actor adopts the role of a folklore singer.
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.
It is now Hispanic males who seem to be struggling to pass through the biblical eye of the needle.
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.
Watch the constant parade of unlikely customers entering and exiting Eye of the Needle, and you might wonder what's really going on inside.
He gives the bizarre metaphor of the camel in the eye of the needle.
As one-fifth of the world's population subsists on $1 or less a day, we jockey the camel aimed at the eye of the needle.