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[eer-peer-sing] /ˈɪərˌpɪər sɪŋ/
extremely harsh and irritating to the ear:
ear-piercing noise.
Origin of ear-piercing
First recorded in 1595-1605 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • John appeared at an upper window in answer to the ear-piercing call.

    A Son of the City

    Herman Gastrell Seely
  • An ear-piercing scream, which has never since left my memory followed.

    By the Barrow River Edmund Leamy
  • As I was approaching the barracks of the 11th Company I heard some ear-piercing music from there.

    The Duel A. I. Kuprin
  • And then there is one ear-piercing crack, one blinding flash, and all is over.

    Discipline Charles Kingsley
  • There was an ear-piercing clang, and the shield parted down the middle.

    A Knyght Ther Was Robert F. Young
  • In loud, ear-piercing notes they began to sing "Pull for the Shore."

    Bunch Grass Horace Annesley Vachell
  • Of course, the proceeding was followed by an ear-piercing scream.

  • An ear-piercing screech rent the bedlam—and the door fell, half twisting, to lie in the doorway.

    The Affair of the Brains Anthony Gilmore
  • He sprang forward, and as he did so a shrill, ear-piercing blast rang out.

    The Grell Mystery Frank Froest

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