One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Unfortunately, we are looking for a needle in a haystack and you cannot hope to be able to prevent any such outrage as this.’
- ‘However, that would be nearly as impossible as finding a needle in a haystack.’
- ‘‘It is like looking for a needle in a haystack,’ said Dr Hutchin.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘We tried to find it afterwards with the lifeguards but it was like a needle in a haystack.’
- ‘Without a name or date getting more information is like finding a needle in a haystack.’
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