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thread the needle

1. To insert thread through the eye of a needle. You'll need to thread the needle before you can start sewing.
2. To pass something through a narrow space between two things. The quarterback really threaded the needle with that pass between two defenders.
3. A children's game in which the participants stand in a line and hold hands. The person at the end of the line then ducks under the others' linked arms, pulling the rest of the line along with him or her. Come on, we're playing thread the needle!
See also: needle, thread
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After trailing, 16-12, in the fourth set, the Lady Eagles battled back and took a 21-18 edge after Jules Samonte threaded the needle through UST's blockade.
I followed the diagrams and had a bobbin of cotton in one place and a spool secreted beneath Perspex and I threaded the needle with the help of an implement that looked like a very small cheesecutter.
It had to be done so I just threaded the needle and did it," Rebecca said.
Irwin made it 2-1 with a 60-foot slap shot on the power play at 4:37, then DaSilva threaded the needle from the right circle for his ninth goal at 7:02.