Definition of pins and needles in English:

pins and needles

plural noun

  • [treated as singular] A tingling sensation in a limb recovering from numbness.

    • ‘There was a tingling in my limbs like pins and needles that grew more and more intense, like aching like real needles, then like fire under my skin, then something beyond burning.’
    • ‘My mother had been complaining of pins and needles up her right arm, but she just put it down to poor circulation.’
    • ‘Station officer Graham Davies said: ‘He was complaining about pins and needles in his legs.’’
    • ‘‘They are experiencing nagging pain spreading across their backs and legs, numb fingers and recurring pins and needles,’ he says.’
    • ‘The 47-year-old father-of-two said he suffered several attacks a day when his fingers turned white, followed by pins and needles.’
    • ‘For eight months she had experienced pins and needles down her right side.’
    • ‘It affects the muscles used to move (voluntary muscles), but not the nerves dealing with sensation, so there is no numbness or pins and needles.’
    • ‘Nigel and Sharron said they became concerned for Emma in February last year when she began suffering from constant pins and needles down one side of her body.’
    • ‘He is very weak, suffers from pins and needles, and uses a wheelchair to get around.’
    • ‘I have received quite a few letters from people suffering from restless legs, pins and needles and other tingling sensations which have not been found to be caused by anything in particular.’
    • ‘Savannah started to feel pins and needles in her back and her right arm turned blue a week after the accident.’
    • ‘These symptoms consist mainly of tingling, numbness, a sensation of pins and needles in the extremities, and muscle aches.’
    • ‘Both her legs were tingling with pins and needles.’
    • ‘I found it to be a sensation not unlike pins and needles which pulses in the hand, not painful but not pleasant either.’
    • ‘Today, I've got pins and needles in my right hand.’
    • ‘If in addition to headaches you have muscle cramps in your legs, difficulty sleeping, or pins and needles in your hands and feet, your diet may be deficient.’
    • ‘She complained of pain in the right shoulder and upper right arm, numbness, swelling and pins and needles in the upper right arm, pounding headache, dizziness, insomnia, weight gain.’
    • ‘The woman, in her 20s, complained of pins and needles in her neck and paramedics wanted to put a spine board into the back of her seat to carefully get her out the vehicle.’
    • ‘She climbed on his back and lay there, felt the surface beneath start to prick like pins and needles in the rising warmth.’
    • ‘The inquest heard she reported to the A & E ward with pins and needles in her hands and legs, feeling nauseous and with a headache.’


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