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[pin-prik] /ˈpɪnˌprɪk/

any minute puncture made by a or the like.
a negligible irritation or annoyance.
a slight puncture made by or as if by a pin
a small irritation
(transitive) to puncture with or as if with a pin

also pin-prick, 1851, from pin (n.) + prick (n.). Used figuratively of petty irritations from 1885. Earlier pin’s prick (1825).


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