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the last thing (one) needs
Something which one absolutely does not want or has no use for. The last thing we need is a lengthy court battle, so let's try to end our marriage as civilly as possible. A fancy new computer I have no idea how to use is the last thing I need right now!
need (something) (about) as much as (one) needs a hole in the head
To have absolutely no need or use for something. I'm perfectly happy having a cell phone that just makes phone calls—I need a fancy new smartphone about as much as I need a hole in the head. We have enough problems with the business as it is, so we need an audit as much as we need a hole in the head.
need (something) (about) as much a fish needs a bicycle
To have absolutely no need or use for something. (Adapted from a feminist slogan coined by Irina Dunn: "A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle.") I'm perfectly happy having a phone that just makes phone calls—I need a fancy smartphone about as much as a fish needs a bicycle. We have enough problems with the business as it is, so we need an audit right now as much as a fish needs a bicycle.
need (something) like a fish needs a bicycle
To have absolutely no need or use for something. (Adapted from a feminist slogan coined by Irina Dunn: "A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle.") I'm perfectly happy having a phone that just makes phone calls—I need a fancy smartphone like a fish needs a bicycle. We have enough problems with the business as it is, so we need an audit right now like a fish needs a bicycle.
good wine needs no bush
An item of good quality needs no advertisement. Establishments like inns and pubs used to hang ivy and flowers to tell travelers that wine was available inside. The product I've invented is so excellent that it needs no ad campaign, just as good wine needs no bush.
if needs be
If it is or becomes necessary (to do something). I'm pretty confident in my report, but once I talk to the boss about it, I can certainly make changes, if needs be.
A set phrase used to emphasize that one absolutely has to do something. You must needs plow this field before the sun sets! He must needs apologize to her, if he ever wants to regain her trust.
a guilty conscience needs no accuser
A feeling of guilt and remorse can be so strong that it will prompt an offender to confess, even if no one is requiring him or her to do so. Gary felt so guilty after taking the money out of Bill's wallet that he confessed and returned it a day later. A guilty conscience needs no accuser.
Pertaining to one who has a mental or physical disability. I teach special needs kids, and I love it.
need (something) like (one) needs a hole in the head
To have absolutely no need or use for something. I'm perfectly happy having a cell phone that just makes phone calls—I need a fancy new smartphone like I need a hole in the head. We have enough problems with the business as it is, so we need an audit right now like we need a hole in the head.
a crying need
A critical need for someone or something. I decided to join the Red Cross because there is a crying need for medical workers in underdeveloped countries.
Said when something is necessary but undesirable, unpleasant, or unfavorable. I didn't want to drive all the way across town again to collect the bed, but needs must. I already had plans for this evening, but if needs must I can take you to the airport.
who needs (something)
(Something) is not necessary or important. Who needs a boyfriend? You're better off single right now. Who needs TV when you've got books?
Who needs it?
It is not necessary or important. The thing that "it" refers to is typically mentioned immediately before this phrase. I don't care about that job. Who needs it? I'll get a better job in a week. No, I don't belong to a gym. Who needs it? I get all the exercise I need lifting heavy boxes all day.
With friends like that, who needs enemies?
A humorous statement indicating that the behavior of one's friend(s) has been harmful or malevolent, i.e. behavior one would associate with an enemy rather than a friend. A: "My friends ditched me again, so I had to find a ride home." B: "With friends like that, who needs enemies?"
need (one's) head tested
To do, say, or believe something that seems completely crazy, delusional, or stupid. You need your head tested if you don't think giant corporations are in control of our legislators! You spent $400 on a T-shirt? You need your head tested.
(something) is all (one) needs
Said ironically to indicate that this is something one doesn't want or need at all. Great, more interns to train—that's all I need! We're already struggling to keep up with everything our kids are doing, so a house full of relatives is all we need right now.
(one) needs to get out more
One has been spending too much time in a sheltered, insular environment or focusing too much on one activity. I think it's great that she loves reading so much, but she really needs to get out more. After working so hard on my guide to English grammar, I find myself analyzing the grammatical correctness of everything I hear or read. I need to get out more.
A guilty conscience needs no accuser.
Prov. If you have done something wrong and feel guilty about it, you will be uncomfortable and want to confess even if no one accuses you of wrongdoing. Even though no one noticed him eating most of the cookies, Peter felt so bad about it that he told us what he had done. A guilty conscience needs no accuser.
Needs must when the devil drives.
Prov. When you are desperate, you must do things you ordinarily would not do. We're going to have to get an enormous loan to pay for your mother's surgery. I hate to go into debt, but needs must when the devil drives.
That's all someone needs.and It's all someone needs.; (It's) just what you need.; That's just what you need.
Someone does not need that at all.; That's the last straw! (Always sarcastic. The someone can be a person's name or a pronoun.) Jane: The dog died and the basement is just starting to flood. Fred: That's all we need. Sally: Bill, the check you wrote to the Internal Revenue Service was returned. There's no more money in the bank. Bill: That's all we need. Bob: On top of having too many bills to pay, now I have car trouble! Mary: That's just what you need!
someone needs to get out moreINFORMAL
If you say that someone needs to get out more, you mean that they are boring or that they are spending too much time concentrating on one particular thing. I found myself reading The Inner Game Of Tennis the other day. (I really do need to get out more.) Note: This expression is usually used humorously.
must needs do something1 cannot avoid or help doing something. 2 foolishly insist on doing something.
needs mustsometimes you are forced to take a course of action that you would have preferred to avoid.
This is a shortened form of the proverb needs must when the Devil drives , which is first found in a work by the medieval author John Lydgate .
a crying ˈneed (for something)a great and urgent need for something: There’s a crying need for more roads, but at the same time the wildlife needs to be preserved.
needs ˈmust (when the devil drives)(saying) in particular situations it is necessary for you to do something you do not like or enjoy: Of course I’d rather go to the beach than sit here studying for my exams, but needs must I suppose.
the baby needs shoes
sent. Give me luck. (Said in games of chance, such as dice or bingo.) He shook the bones, saying, “The baby needs shoes.”
That’s all someone needs
sent. That is too much.; That is the last straw. Now the sewer’s backing up. That’s all I need.