"pins & needles"?

Beverly Flanigan flanigan at OHIOU.EDU
Thu Oct 10 15:22:38 UTC 2002

Me too--Minnesota, same time period (and I still use it).

At 09:07 AM 10/10/2002 -0400, you wrote:
>Nope--heard it all my life (I grew up in the 40s and 50s on suburban LI)
>--On Thursday, October 10, 2002 8:52 AM -0400 sagehen
><sagehen at WESTELCOM.COM> wrote:
>>In describing the state of alarm & nervous expectation experienced by
>>people in the D.C. area because of the recent sniper shootings, a reporter
>>on NPR this morning used the expression  "on pins & needles" where I'd
>>have expected "on tenterhooks."  Anyone else find this odd?
>>A. Murie
>"We are all New Yorkers"
>       --Dominique Moisi

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