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Definition of prick noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1an act of making a very small hole in something with a sharp point I'm going to give your finger a little prick with this needle.
  2. 2a slight pain caused by a sharp point or something that feels like a sharp point You will feel a tiny prick in your arm. (figurative) He could feel the hot prick of tears in his eyes. She felt the prick of conscience.
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