needle - definition and synonyms

verb [transitive] informal 

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/ˈniːd(ə)l/
present tense
I/you/we/theyneedle
he/she/itneedles
present participleneedling
past tenseneedled
past participleneedled
  1. to keep annoying someone by saying things that make them angry or embarrassed

    He takes delight in needling his nearest rival.