- extremely harsh and irritating to the ear: ear-piercing noise.
Origin of ear-piercing
First recorded in 1595–1605
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- the making of a hole in the lobe of an ear, using a sterilized needle, so that an earring may be worn fastened in the hole
- so loud or shrill as to hurt the ears
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