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Hard: Pins & Needles

Hard: Pins & Needles

Premier Vocabulary is a mini-podcast for you to learn football English one word at a time. We have three different levels for you: easy, medium and hard.

This episode is hard so we’re looking at more difficult football phrases and idioms.

Summary

Learn more football vocabulary with Premier Skills English. Each lesson in our Premier Vocabulary section looks at one football word or phrase. This lesson looks at the phrase pins and needles

You can find more lessons on the side of this page.

Transcript

Rich: Hello my name’s Rich and welcome to Premier Skills English - Premier Vocabulary.

Jack: Hi there! I’m Jack. We’re here to help you with your football English. 

Rich: Remember you can find transcripts for all of our podcasts on the Premier Skills English website.

Jack: Premier Vocabulary is a mini-podcast for you to learn football English one word at a time. 

Rich: We have three different levels for you: easy, medium and hard.

Jack: This episode is hard so we’re looking at more difficult football phrases and idioms. These phrases can be used to talk about football but are often useful when talking about other topics.


Rich: The phrase we are looking at in this episode is: pins and needles.

Jack: This is a very strange phrase. Pins are little bits of metal with a sharp point that are used to stick bits of paper on a board or to join bits of clothes together when sewing.

Rich: And needles are also used when sewing. Needles are the bits of metal that you use to sew. There is a tiny little hole in them to put some thread.

Jack: Needles are also used by doctors and nurses.

Rich: Yes, it’s the bit of metal that goes into your body when you have a vaccine or a nurse or doctor needs to take blood from your body.

Jack: The phrase pins and needles describes a type of tingly numbness that is not serious and everyone gets from time to time.

Rich: Last night I was watching Liverpool against Tottenham and I got pins and needles in my leg.

Jack: What a coincidence? What happened?

Rich: Well, I was sat on the sofa. It was a really exciting game and I hadn’t moved for 45 minutes and then Liverpool scored. I jumped off the sofa and then fell on the floor. 

Jack: Why did you fall on the floor?

Rich: I had pins and needles in my leg. I’d lost all the feeling in my left leg and my leg gave way and I fell on the floor.

Jack: That’s a bit embarrassing.

Rich: Nobody was about and the match was finished.

Jack: It happened to me in a class once. All the students got up to leave. I had been sitting with my legs crossed - I stood up and fell on the floor in front of my students. I had pins and needles in my legs.

Rich: Now that is embarrassing!

Jack: My students were worried at first but then they found it funny.

Rich: So, pins and needles is a type of uncomfortable feeling you get when recovering from numbness.

Jack: I suppose they call it this because it feels like pins and needles sticking in your body.

Rich: Yes, but I’d rather have pins and needles than actual pins and needles sticking in my legs.


Jack: There is the final whistle!

Rich: We’ll be back soon with more Premier Vocabulary from Premier Skills English.

Jack: Bye for now and enjoy your football. 

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Have you ever had pins & needles?

Have you ever had pins and needles and fallen over like Rich and Jack?

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Rath6180
24/11/2022
GB
142
points

I usually get pins and needles in my feet but sometimes in my hands.


Rath6180
24/11/2022 10:42
United Kingdom
Liverpool
142

I usually get pins and needles in my feet but sometimes in my hands.

Hermosillo Moreno
08/10/2022
MX
67
points

I´d pins and needles when I finished my exam, I was so concentrated that I didn't pay attention to my legs. my legs were numb at the final of my exam.


Hermosillo Moreno
08/10/2022 20:18
Mexico
Chelsea
67

I´d pins and needles when I finished my exam, I was so concentrated that I didn't pay attention to my legs. my legs were numb at the final of my exam.

Michaelsun
13/02/2022
CN
738
points

I had some pins and needles sometimes, but never failed


Michaelsun
13/02/2022 10:36
China
Manchester United
738

I had some pins and needles sometimes, but never failed

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hoanguyenn2015
17/07/2021
AU
31
points

Hello


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hoanguyenn2015
17/07/2021 07:12
Australia
Leeds United
31

Hello

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Gabriel Amaral
28/05/2021
BR
1512
points

I haven't felt like Rich and Jack (fortunately), but I have pins and needles at my body when I'm really nervous or anxious about something. Strange, isn't it?


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Gabriel Amaral
28/05/2021 18:08
Brazil
Arsenal
1512

I haven't felt like Rich and Jack (fortunately), but I have pins and needles at my body when I'm really nervous or anxious about something. Strange, isn't it?

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eugenpetcu12
10/02/2021
RO
152
points

Yes I had pins and needles very often especially on the hands when I m sitting in my bed and reading, I think it s because of my position because blood vessels are compressed when my elbow touches the sofa for long time so the blood did not flow properly. After a couple of minutes I had to stretch my arms to feel it well


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eugenpetcu12
10/02/2021 12:48
Romania
Chelsea
152

Yes I had pins and needles very often especially on the hands when I m sitting in my bed and reading, I think it s because of my position because blood vessels are compressed when my elbow touches the sofa for long time so the blood did not flow properly. After a couple of minutes I had to stretch my arms to feel it well

Ctln99
28/12/2020
RO
377
points

I have had pins and needles when I stay on a chair for a long time. I have never had pins and fallen like Rich and Jack


Ctln99
28/12/2020 16:52
Romania
Liverpool
377

I have had pins and needles when I stay on a chair for a long time. I have never had pins and fallen like Rich and Jack

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hsn
19/12/2020
TR
5067
points

Have you ever had pins & needles?

I’ve a funny pins & needles experience. I had sit on my knees for a long time in mosque with tight jeans. When I tried to stand up I had to sit immediately again. I wasn’t feeling my left leg. After waiting for a bit time conditions got to normal. I think tight jeans affected my blood circulation.

Have you ever had pins and needles and fallen over like Rich and Jack?
I had but never fell over.

Note:
I think, medically described "Restless Leg Syndrome" which happens while sleeping is another type of pins & needles.


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hsn
19/12/2020 14:50
Turkey
Tottenham Hotspur
5067

Have you ever had pins & needles?

I’ve a funny pins & needles experience. I had sit on my knees for a long time in mosque with tight jeans. When I tried to stand up I had to sit immediately again. I wasn’t feeling my left leg. After waiting for a bit time conditions got to normal. I think tight jeans affected my blood circulation.

Have you ever had pins and needles and fallen over like Rich and Jack?
I had but never fell over.

Note:
I think, medically described "Restless Leg Syndrome" which happens while sleeping is another type of pins & needles.

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wsanta
18/12/2020
AR
5085
points

I didn't know the meaning of that phrase. Around here when you have that numbness we say "my leg has fallen asleep". There is a song by The Ramones called like that, I will listen to it again now that I know what it means.


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wsanta
18/12/2020 12:36
Argentina
Leeds United
5085

I didn't know the meaning of that phrase. Around here when you have that numbness we say "my leg has fallen asleep". There is a song by The Ramones called like that, I will listen to it again now that I know what it means.

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mobeckham
18/12/2020
TR
6472
points

I have had pins & needles a few times before in my life especially during travelling long distances on my brother's car and carrying a bag on my legs.

I have never fallen over like you guys as I always stand still then move my legs slower and later try to move normally :)


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mobeckham
18/12/2020 11:00
Turkey
Manchester United
6472

I have had pins & needles a few times before in my life especially during travelling long distances on my brother's car and carrying a bag on my legs.

I have never fallen over like you guys as I always stand still then move my legs slower and later try to move normally :)

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Alex_from_Ukraine
18/12/2020
UA
6204
points

I've had needles and pins a pair of times in my life but rather sitting down on earth, not falling over.


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Alex_from_Ukraine
18/12/2020 05:32
Ukraine
Liverpool
6204

I've had needles and pins a pair of times in my life but rather sitting down on earth, not falling over.

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Alex_from_Ukraine
18/12/2020
UA
6204
points

One of my all-time-best musical shows is Smokies' performance of The Searchers' "Needles and Pins":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0S-t45AGIpc&ab_channel=smokieVEVO

 

 


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Alex_from_Ukraine
18/12/2020 05:26
Ukraine
Liverpool
6204

One of my all-time-best musical shows is Smokies' performance of The Searchers' "Needles and Pins":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0S-t45AGIpc&ab_channel=smokieVEVO

 

 

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Yoshichika
18/12/2020
JP
76
points

Yes I have.
I always sit with my leg bent beneath "Seiza" in Japanese tea ceremony "Sado".
So that, I have pins and needles and I cannot stand up.


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Yoshichika
18/12/2020 03:43
Japan
Liverpool
76

Yes I have.
I always sit with my leg bent beneath "Seiza" in Japanese tea ceremony "Sado".
So that, I have pins and needles and I cannot stand up.

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