1) N-COUNT A haystack is a large, solid pile of hay, often covered with a straw roof to protect it, which is left in the field until it is needed.
2) PHRASE If you are trying to find something and say that it is like looking for a needle in a haystack, you mean that you are very unlikely indeed to find it.

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