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 for thread the needle
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Thread \Thread\ (thr[e^]d), n. [OE. threed, [thorn]red, AS.
     [thorn]r[=ae]d; akin to D. draad, G. draht wire, thread, OHG.
     dr[=a]t, Icel. [thorn]r[=a][eth]r a thread, Sw. tr[*a]d, Dan.
     traad, and AS. [thorn]r[=a]wan to twist. See Throw, and cf.
     Third.]
     1. A very small twist of flax, wool, cotton, silk, or other
        fibrous substance, drawn out to considerable length; a
        compound cord consisting of two or more single yarns
        doubled, or joined together, and twisted; also, one fiber
        of a cord composed of multiple fibers.
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     2. A filament of any substance, as of glass, gold or silver;
        a filamentous part of an object, such as a flower; a
        component fiber of any or of any fibrous substance, as of
        bark.
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     3. The prominent part of the spiral of a screw or nut; the
        rib. See Screw, n., 1.
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     4. (Fig.) Something continued in a long course or tenor; a
        recurrent theme or related sequence of events in a larger
        story; as the thread of a story, or of life, or of a
        discourse. --Bp. Burnet.
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     5. Fig.: Composition; quality; fineness. [Obs.]
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              A neat courtier,
              Of a most elegant thread.             --B. Jonson.
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     6. (Computers) A related sequence of instructions or actions
        within a program that runs at least in part independent of
        other actions within the program; -- such threads are
        capable of being executed only in oprating systems
        permittnig multitasking.
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     7. (Computers) A sequence of messages posted to an on-line
        newsgroup or discussion group, dealing with the same
        topic; -- messages in such a thread typically refer to a
        previous posting, thus allowing their identification as
        part of the thread. Some news-reading programs allow a
        user to follow a single such thread independent of the
        other postings to that newsgroup.
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     Air thread, the fine white filaments which are seen
        floating in the air in summer, the production of spiders;
        gossamer.
  
     Thread and thrum, the good and bad together. [Obs.] --Shak.
  
     Thread cell (Zool.), a lasso cell. See under Lasso.
  
     Thread herring (Zool.), the gizzard shad. See under
        Gizzard.
  
     Thread lace, lace made of linen thread.
  
     Thread needle, a game in which children stand in a row,
        joining hands, and in which the outer one, still holding
        his neighbor, runs between the others; -- called also
        thread the needle.
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