1 for sewing
ADJ. long | blunt | sharp | fine | darning, embroidery, sewing, tapestry
VERB + NEEDLE use | thread
PHRASES the eye of a needle, needle and thread She sewed it on with needle and thread.
2 for knitting
ADJ. empty | knitting
NEEDLE + VERB hold sth a needle holding two stitches
3 for drugs
ADJ. hypodermic, syringe | long | sharp | fine | clean, sterile | contaminated, infected | used
VERB + NEEDLE insert, jab (sb with), plunge, put, stick He saw her stick a needle into her arm. | use | share the dangers of sharing needles
NEEDLE + VERB go in The needle went in easily.
NEEDLE + NOUN tip | exchange He believes that needle exchange schemes (= where drug users can change used needles for clean ones) encourage drug addiction.
PHRASES the prick of a needle
4 on a compass/instrument
ADJ. magnetized | compass
NEEDLE + VERB move The needle moved away from the wind. | point | settle Wait until the needle settles and is pointing in one direction.
PHRASES the needle of a compass
5 on a pine tree
ADJ. conifer, pine
VERB + NEEDLE drop, lose