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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

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.
See also: haystack, like, look, needle

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

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

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.
See also: needle
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Haystack Reservoir borders Crook, Deschutes, and Jefferson counties and is impounded by Haystack Dam, which was built in 1957.
"This black hole is much bigger than the orbit of Neptune, and Neptune takes 200 years to go around the sun," says Geoffrey Crew, a research scientist at Haystack Observatory.
VSB ethics committee chair Eric Page has shepherded the haystack duty proposal for a year and a half.
The Haystack TV platform already has deals with Gray Television and Meredith Corp., and the Hearst deal furthers Haystack's push into more homes as the personalized "over-the-top" video news platform of choice.
"In 1916 I was was hiding in a haystack" - John immediately caught my attention.
SEARCH PARTY (15) No stars SEARCHING for a gag in this risible brom-com is like searching for a needle in a haystack only to discover, 90 minutes later, there is no needle.
It was impossible, akin to finding a needle in a haystack. Sad indeed.
Metamorphic Ventures, Core Ventures Group, TMT Investments Plc (LON:TMT), Alpine Meridian Ventures, Double M Partners, HB Rama capital, Ironfire Angel Partners, Maxfield Capital Fund, Haystack Fund, Big Basin Partners LP and previous angel investors also took part in the round, the statement said.
Geology 101: Made of basalt, Haystack Rock rises 235 feet and is considered one of the largest sea stacks along the Pacific Coast; Bishop says some 14 1/2 million years ago, the Ginkgo lava flow, originating in Eastern Washington, flowed down Columbia River drainage to the ocean, where the basalt sunk and then "re-erupted" to make Haystack Rock.
"We're not searching for a needle in a haystack - we're still trying to define where the haystack is," Australia's deputy defence chief, Air Marshal Mark Binskin, told reporters in Perth.
Vice chief of the Australian Defence Force, Mark Binskin, said that they are not searching for a needle in a haystack, but still trying to define where the haystack is.
KATY PERRY needles her ex in a haystack for her debut Vogue shoot.