Posted by Barney on September 22, 2002
In Reply to: Like looking for a needle in a haystack posted by Ed Stansell on September 22, 2002
: I couldn't find that phrase listed. The meaning , I think,
is self evident. A needle would be quite lost in even a small amount of hay. Given
its shape and reflective qualities; it would surely be near impossible in a haystack.
As to the origin or date; I wouldn't venture a guess. I think it's used often
enough to be added to your list.
I exploited new technology and found a needle in a haystack using a powerful electro-magnet. I also found countless other small metal objects. Note this technique does not work so well for needles made from metals such as gold and silver or even good stainless steel. As for very tiny bone needles: well, you may as well look for a needle in a haystack as search for these using a powerful electro-magnet.