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Something that is almost impossible to find because it is hidden among so many other things:‘locating these fish can be like finding the proverbial needle in the haystack’
- ‘‘It is like looking for a needle in a haystack,’ said Dr Hutchin.’
- ‘Without a name or date getting more information is like finding a needle in a haystack.’
- ‘The fact of the matter is, is that, in a country the size of California, that 100 weapons inspectors are not going to be able to find the equivalent of a needle in a haystack.’
- ‘Or maybe it's in the archives, in which case it's like looking for a needle in a haystack so you might as well give up now and go searching on someone else's page instead.’
- ‘However, that would be nearly as impossible as finding a needle in a haystack.’
- ‘Unfortunately, we are looking for a needle in a haystack and you cannot hope to be able to prevent any such outrage as this.’
- ‘His company helped clients with this matter, because trying to get information on a company in this country was comparable to trying to find a needle in a haystack.’
- ‘We tried to find it afterwards with the lifeguards but it was like a needle in a haystack.’
- ‘He walked bulls through china shops, contrived an actual change of horses in mid-stream during an election campaign and, to publicise a piece of real estate, spent 10 days searching for a needle in a haystack.’
- ‘Trying to find a decent taxi there is like trying to find a needle in a haystack, with most of the taxis refusing to use their meter and demanding astronomical prices.’
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