Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The prick of a pin; hence, figuratively, an intentional trifling irritation.

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  • noun Alternative spelling of pinprick.

Etymologies

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Examples

  • 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.

    A Reminder

  • 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.

    One Slow Dance with Buddha

  • 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.

    365 tomorrows » 2010 » April : A New Free Flash Fiction SciFi Story Every Day

  • 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.

    The Scruffians Project: The Beast of Buskerville

  • Searching for a hole, by the pin-prick light in your eyes.

    Planes, Trains & Automobiles

  • 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.

    Archive 2010-03-01

  • After a hymn, the homily, and a prayer, my toes, curled inside my shoes, began to prickle with white-hot pin-prick pain.

    Ashes to ashes, dust to dust

  • He looks out the viewport at the pin-prick stars wheeling against the void, bright and steady and changeless.

    365 tomorrows » 2008 » June : A New Free Flash Fiction SciFi Story Every Day

  • 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.

    John Feffer: Monsters vs. Aliens

  • I suggest you google the term; "Intersectionality" a concept which has muc to do with this particular pin-prick of yours.

    Jonathan Strahan must have a small rocket...

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