be on pins and needles —(coll.) be in the state of agitated expectancy:
- We had been on pins and needles all day long until we received her telegram.
a) The expression does not correlate in meaning with the phrase be on one’s pins—(coll.) be on one’s feet; be in good health:
- When I came home after a number of years, I was glad that mother was still on her pins.
b) The expression does not correlate in meaning with the phrase be on the needle—(sl.) be addicted to injectable drugs:
- My brother’s on the needle, and I want to help him.
have pins and needles—have a pricking tingling sensation in a limb:
- I have had pins and needles in my left hand for about two weeks now.