Definition of heckle pin in US English:

heckle pin

noun

  • Any of the pins of a heckle. Compare hackle pin. Now historical.

Phrases

  • to be on heckle pins

    • Informal and variants: to be in a state of anxiety or agitation because of uncertainty about a future event; to be on tenterhooks.

Origin

Mid 18th century. From heckle + pin.

Pronunciation

heckle pin

/ˈhɛkl pɪn/