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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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A week later, Thurman had to go through the eye of the needle against Josesito Lopez.
'He's going to take a long, long time,' I thought, 'With those thick glasses, he won't know where the needle is and where the thread should go!' And then I stared dumbfounded as with one swift move he identified the eye of the needle and got the thread in.
'We still need to go through the eye of the needle. We need to beat them twice so we have to be ready,' he said.
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. James Forrest 6 Confronted by two blue shirts at every turn, spent a lot of his night forced inside rather than forward.
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.
"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.
A little more than 25 years ago, I published an article entitled "Passing Through the Eye of the Needle" in the Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences.
He gives the bizarre metaphor of the camel in the eye of the needle. While much is made about some gate outside of Jerusalem, it is better to read this as hyperbole.
Lay the needle in the middle of the glue, with the eye of the needle pointing toward the head of the fish and the sharp end pointing toward the tail.
"The Eye of the Needle" is a nasty little horror tale about a male model who is being stalked, involving cigarettes and eyeballs.
But I refer you to Matthew, chapter six, verse 12, which counsels: "It is easier for a Camel-sponsored car to go through the eye of the needle than for David Coulthard to qualify on the front row of the grid, yea verily even though all the other drivers are in Morris Travellers."
Hopps remembers seeing Through the Eye of the Needle to the Anvil, 1988, in Rosenquist's Aripeka, Florida, studio.
But after four years of trying to 'thread the ball through the eye of the needle', as Taylor put it, Hendrie has accepted the time has come for a dramatic change of approach.
Howells, Through the Eye of the Needle (New York, 1907), 49.