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Definition of prickle verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they prickle
    he / she / it prickles
    past simple prickled
    -ing form prickling
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  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] prickle (something) to give someone an unpleasant feeling on their skin, as if a lot of small sharp points are pushing into it The rough cloth prickled my skin. His mustache prickled when he kissed me.
  2. 2[intransitive] prickle (with something) (of skin, eyes, etc.) to sting or feel strange and unpleasant because you are frightened, angry, excited, etc. Her eyes prickled with tears. The thought made her prickle with excitement. The hairs on the back of my neck prickled when I heard the door open. (figurative) He prickled (= became angry) at the suggestion that it had been his fault.
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