Definition of prick verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    prick

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//prɪk//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//prɪk//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they prick
    BrE BrE//prɪk//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//prɪk//
     
    he / she / it pricks
    BrE BrE//prɪks//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//prɪks//
     
    past simple pricked
    BrE BrE//prɪkt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//prɪkt//
     
    past participle pricked
    BrE BrE//prɪkt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//prɪkt//
     
    -ing form pricking
    BrE BrE//ˈprɪkɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈprɪkɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[transitive] to make a very small hole in something with a sharp point prick something He pricked the balloon and burst it. prick something with something Prick holes in the paper with a pin.
  2. 2[transitive] prick something (on something) to make a small hole in the skin so that it hurts or blood comes out She pricked her finger on a needle.
  3. 3[intransitive, transitive] to make somebody feel a slight pain as if they were being pricked He felt a pricking sensation in his throat. prick something Tears pricked her eyes.
  4. Word Origin Old English pricca (noun), prician (verb), probably of West Germanic origin and related to Low German and Dutch prik (noun), prikken (verb).Idioms
    prick your conscience, your conscience pricks you
     
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    to make you feel guilty about something; to feel guilty about something Her conscience pricked her as she lied to her sister.
    1. 1(of an animal, especially a horse or dog) to raise the ears
    2. 2(also your ears prick up) (of a person) to listen carefully, especially because you have just heard something interesting Her ears pricked up at the sound of his name. I walked along, ears pricked for the slightest noise.
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