needle
 n.— «There was, to use the sporting pros’ shorthand, needle—and plenty of it. The most famous incident came when Kosmina and then-Sydney coach Pierre Littbarski each let the other know exactly what they thought of them in the tunnel before the second leg of the semi-final.» —“Lazaridis will be ready for Socceroos” by Aaron Timms Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) Aug. 8, 2006. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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  1. The Macquarie Dictionary has related definitions for needle as other parts of speech: “adjective…Colloquial involving unpleasantness or aggression: a needle game” and “give the needle to, Colloquial to behave aggressively towards.”

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