pinprick

[ pin-prik ]
/ ˈpɪnˌprɪk /

noun

any minute puncture made by a pin or the like.
a negligible irritation or annoyance.

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Origin of pinprick

First recorded in 1745–55; pin + prick
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British Dictionary definitions for pinprick

pinprick
/ (ˈpɪnˌprɪk) /

noun

a slight puncture made by or as if by a pin
a small irritation

verb

(tr) to puncture with or as if with a pin
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