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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 them. Come on, we're playing thread the needle!
See also: needle, thread
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The title track sets the tone for an album that threads the needle between funny one-off lines and the kind of wisdom 85 years lends a person.
"Halitosis is a word I never could spell / But bad breath is better than no breath at all," jokes Nelson in "Bad Breath." In "Something You Get Through," Nelson threads the needle back to sage old man crooning about lost love with the lines, "It's not something you get over / But it's something you get through."