Definition of needle and thread in US English:

needle and thread

noun

  • Any of various long-awned grasses of the genus Stipa, especially S. comata.

Origin

Mid 19th century (in an earlier sense). From needle + and + thread. In sense 1, rhyming slang for bread.

Pronunciation

needle and thread

/ˌniːdl (ə)n(d) ˈθrɛd/