Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The prick of a pin; hence, figuratively, an intentional trifling irritation.
- n. alternative spelling of pinprick.
“There was a click and a tiny pin-prick of red lit up, followed immediately by a mechanical howl as the robot lunged out of the undergrowth.”
“Back when this story took place, he'd the same beak nose of a bird of prey, the same beady eyes with pin-prick pupils, the same scrawny neck to angle his head this way and that, to size up a Scruffian just Fixed or all set for a Scrubbing.”
“Then let's say she looks and really sees him: his smooth and tender hands; the gentle cross-stitch of his brow, and say that there, in the rich emptiness of her longing, comes the pin-prick tingle of sudden recognition, the realisation that nothing in the physical world could bring her satisfaction.”
“Searching for a hole, by the pin-prick light in your eyes.”
“He looks out the viewport at the pin-prick stars wheeling against the void, bright and steady and changeless.”
“After a hymn, the homily, and a prayer, my toes, curled inside my shoes, began to prickle with white-hot pin-prick pain.”
“Big guns and destroyers are incapable of covering the necessary vast ocean expanses in which the relatively low-tech pirates operate, can't respond quickly enough to pin-prick attacks, and ultimately aren't likely to intimidate what Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has quite correctly termed "a bunch of teenage pirates" with little to lose.”
“I suggest you google the term; "Intersectionality" a concept which has muc to do with this particular pin-prick of yours.”
“There are open wounds, shrunk sometimes to the size of a pin-prick, but wounds still.”
“No more pin-prick strikes," vowed Secretary of State Warren Christopher.”
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