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pinprick

[ pin-prik ]

noun

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


pinprick

/ ˈpɪnˌprɪk /

noun

  1. a slight puncture made by or as if by a pin
  2. a small irritation


verb

  1. tr to puncture with or as if with a pin
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Word History and Origins

Origin of pinprick1

First recorded in 1745–55; pin + prick
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Example Sentences

Spears that lodged in a mammoth’s hide probably felt like a series of stinging pinpricks that could easily have angered the creature and caused it to charge at or stomp on human pursuers.

Though he would have been wearing gloves in both surgeries, even a small pinprick hole could have been enough to transmit the virus into the women.

Starting this month, however, the theater district will start flickering back on, the small pinpricks of light growing bigger and brighter by the week.

As a result, when the laser is shined on a surface, its light contains a constantly changing pattern of tiny pinpricks that brighten and dim randomly.

The gap between rhetoric and action was on vivid display this weekend with pinprick U.S. strikes in northern Iraq.

Besides, to shoot a mere amateur in Chouannerie would be as absurd as to fire on a balloon when a pinprick would disinflate it.

Suddenly the darkness was pierced by a faint ray of light emanating from a mere pinprick of luminosity.

Used as he had become, the past two years, to pinpricks of this sort, his colour betrayed how much the present pinprick hurt him.

The offence itself seemed a pinprick beside the rankle of the wound to her pride.

The cavalry horses and transport animals suffered from bursati, and even a pinprick expanded into a large open sore.

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