on pins and needles
This week’s Idiom of the Week is: “on pins and needles”.
“On pins and needles” is a saying that means “waiting anxiously for something; in great suspense.”
This saying was first used in the late 1800. When you’re waiting nervously for something to happen, you sometimes feel as if you can’t sit still – like pins and needles are sticking you. A writer once said it was like being “on pins and needles,” and the phrase stuck. Another expression of nervousness is “butterflies in the stomach”.
Here is the idiom being used in a sentence:
Cynthia was on pins and needles until she got her acceptance letter from Harvard University.