a needle in a haystack

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - a needle in a haystack

"a needle in a haystack"

something which is extremely difficult to find


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - a needle in a haystack

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Did you manage to find your long-lost friend?

Friend 2:  Not yet.  It's like looking for a needle in a haystack.

Friend 1:  Why is that?

Friend 2:  For one, when I search the internet for his name, there are thousands of people with the same name.

Friend 1:  Might be difficult to find him then.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - a needle in a haystack

Two accountants are talking ...

Accountant 1:  I know that the books aren't balancing because there is one entry somewhere in the year that was made incorrectly.

Accountant 2:  That's one entry out of tens of thousands.

Accountant 1:  It's a needle in a haystack.

a needle in a haystack - Usage:


a needle in a haystack - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for a needle in a haystack.

a needle in a haystack - Examples:

1)  ... a combination of "blind man's bluff" and finding a needle in the haystack. That is, you don't yet know what you're looking for, ...

2)  ... to divide the infinite mound of information, to locate the proverbial needle in the haystack. So where do we go when we need something? To the internet ...

3)  Looking for signs for me is like searching for the proverbial needle in the haystack. The more I look the less likely I am to find it. 

4)  ... side thinking of the traditional science is very good at seeing the needle in the haystack -- once it somehow figures out where and how to look.

5)  ... name that's legally available in all these markets. The proverbial needle in the haystack.

6)  Finding investors doesn't have to be like searching for a needle in the haystack. The internet is a great tool and you need to take advantage of.

7)  Trying to find ones with potential is like trying to find the needle in the haystack. It would be like taking 1600 spots on a wall and throwing darts at ...

8)  For the purposes of finding the needle in the haystack, approximation is sufficient.

9)  ... multi-ethnic marrow match in the public registry is akin to finding a needle in a haystack or winning the lottery.

10)  ... the trekking shop I rented my sleeping bag from (a real needle in a haystack operation as there are about a billion trekking stores that look identical in the touristy ...

11)  It may seem like you are searching for a needle in a haystack but when you do come across one of these little gems you ...

12)  ... list of specifications, we knew we were trying to find a needle in a haystack. # Adding to the impossibility of it all, selling our apartment also looked ...

13)  Yeah it's like finding a needle in a haystack to find yourself a good hair stylist.

14)  ... the medical approach here is still a "looking for a needle in a haystack" with bunches of tests that look at specific symptoms rather than the bigger picture ...

15)  Sifting through page after page of art is like looking for a needle in a haystack.

16)  ... that are far from rare. It's like finding the proverbial needle in a haystack - but the needle has been painted yellow to look like straw.

17)  Most search engines try to help you find a needle in a haystack.

18)  ... search for some options, but you'll be looking for a needle in a haystack if you go to popular sites like Monster.com and Craigslist. 

19)  ... name among the millions of handwritten records is like looking for a needle in a haystack.

20)  ... finding him was like the proverbial needle in a haystack. Alone and injured on a hillside 20km from anywhere ...