No teacher said the best way to create inner change is to be a prick to yourself.
Norman Mailer, John Updike, and Saul Bellow are in a category of their own: prick Lit.
The prick of conscience she has alerts us to the fact that she is different from Francis—or just at a different stage of her life.
For those of you who believe in following the money, prick up your ears.
The next time I spoke to him on the phone, he greeted me with thusly: “Hello, you prick.”
Roll thin, cut in small biscuits, prick with a fork and bake in a quick oven.
And for once the Muley Cow wished she had horns to prick somebody with.
Porfiry Petrovitch had turned to go, but he seemed to prick up his ears at this.
Ingrow shrilled, “Tickle him, prick him, pink him till he drinks!”
But did he,” I asked, “try to prick the bubble of Sunchildism?
Middle English prikke, from Old English prica (n.) "point, puncture; particle, small portion of space or time," common West Germanic (cf. Low German prik "point," Middle Dutch prick, Dutch prik, Swedish prick "point, dot"). Meaning "pointed weapon, dagger" is first attested 1550s.
Earliest recorded use for "penis" is 1590s (Shakespeare puns upon it). My prick was used 16c.-17c. as a term of endearment by "immodest maids" for their boyfriends. As a term of abuse, it is attested by 1929. Prick-teaser attested from 1958. To kick against the pricks (Acts ix:5, first in the translation of 1382) is probably from sense of "a goad for oxen" (mid-14c.).
Old English prician "to prick, pierce, prick out, sting," from West Germanic *prikojanan (cf. Low German pricken, Dutch prikken "to prick"); Danish prikke "to mark with dots," Swedish pricka "to point, prick, mark with dots" probably are from Low German. Related: Pricked; pricking. To prick up one's ears is 1580s, originally of animals with pointed ears (prycke-eared, of foxes, is from 1520s).