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Eye of a Needle

Lady Duff Gordon, writing from Cairo, says: “Yesterday I saw a camel go through the eye of a needle —i.e. a low arched door of an enclosure. He must kneel and bow his head to go through, and thus the rich man must humble himself” (Wood: Bible Animals, p. 243). Lord Nugent, in his Travels, informs us that when at Hebron he was directed to go out by the Needle's Eye, or small gate of the city.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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