needle in a haystack


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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

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

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

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
References in classic literature ?
The wind was fair but fitful, and it was like looking for a needle in a haystack to raise that tiny boat out of the blue immensity.
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.
A lot of 'don'ts' in this list so ladies," finding the right guy to date could seem like looking for a needle in a haystack.
Alone To you who are lost today like a needle in a haystack, reading this poem alone.
Try to imagine just how hard it would be to find a little needle in a haystack containing millions of pieces of straw
When the police are looking for a needle in a haystack, giving them a larger haystack can't be the correct answer.
He added: "It is like searching for a needle in a haystack when there is no evidence the needle even exists.
In the non-chalant solo, "A Needle in a Haystack," Astaire sings and dances with the insouciant grace that was his instant trademark, flipping his dressing gown to his manservant and lightly ascending a chair.
Locating information or identifying just the right worksheet or cell to input new data is like searching for the proverbial needle in a haystack.
When you are looking for a needle in a haystack, is it necessary to keep building bigger haystacks?
Finding a kimberlite is like finding a needle in a haystack says Janet Reid, former geologist with the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines.
We've located this needle in a haystack," says Vernick.
And even though finding the good varieties is like looking for the proverbial needle in a haystack, it's an easier task than breeding new ones.