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Needle in a haystack

DEFINITION

Impossible search. Extremely difficult to find. My personal solution would be to jump around in the haystack until the needle pricks you, but the idea isn’t to find the needle, it is simply an illustration of the difficulty of finding something. (Compare to Neither fish nor fowl.)

“Looking for her lost contact lense on the floor of the dance hall was like looking for a needle in a haystack.”

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