On pins and needles: 如坐針氈,坐立不安。Anxious and tense; to be nervously waiting to find out what is going to happen


1) I’ve been on pins and needles all day, waiting for the doctor’s test results.

1) With the merger, we’re all on pins and needles because we don’t know who will be laid off (資遣).

People lining up for face masks in Nan-ning, Guang-xi.

(Washington Post, 2020/01/31)

President Donald Trump regaled a friendly New Jersey campaign crowd with his thoughts about impeachment, the economy, the border wall, local politics and much more.

But he was conspicuously quiet Tuesday about one big issue keeping much of the globe on pins and needles: the spread of a deadly new type of coronavirus. It has killed more than 210 people in China, sickened thousands more there and led to a handful of confirmed cases in the U.S., including the first U.S. case of person-to-person transmission reported Thursday by health officials.


(CNN, 2019/6/6)

Missourians wait on pins and needles‘ to see if legal abortions will vanish from their state


Drama unfolding in America’s heartland could have a ripple effect across the country as Missouri could become the first state in the country with no abortion clinics.


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Photos: aljazeera, washington post