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  • n. Plural form of pin-prick.


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  • Only those fools who cleave to the dread phrase "living in the moment" can avoid the waves or pin-pricks – it's a personality thing of unease that vex most of us.

    I'd be much happier if people stopped asking if I was happy | Rachel Cooke

  • The pin-pricks, as Brent Scowcroft calls them, have started.

    Steve Clemons: Obama Needs to be Nuanced in North Korea Response

  • Now in the cruel haze of a merciless sun the same crevices run rivers and your breath creaks through scaled lips reeking of day-old body odours aching eyes shrink to pin-pricks of painfully perceived light.

    The Same, Unrelenting Radiation (rev)

  • If you would like to have the sparkly pin-pricks of light I have mentioned, all you need to do is get a nice thick needle, and poke it through the paper from the back to the front, in a little pattern on just the white parts.

    Summer Lanterns.

  • There exists, at the extremity of all abasement and all misfortunes, a last misery which revolts and makes up its mind to enter into conflict with the whole mass of fortunate facts and reigning rights; a fearful conflict, where, now cunning, now violent, unhealthy and ferocious at one and the same time, it attacks the social order with pin-pricks through vice, and with club-blows through crime.

    Les Miserables

  • What more terrible to endure than the acrimonious pin-pricks to which a passionate soul prefers a dagger-thrust?

    A Second Home

  • From speeches like pin-pricks, matters had advanced to dagger-thrusts.

    A Start in Life

  • He had not expected this prolonged ordeal of pin-pricks; it put him still more out of humor with himself.

    Two Poets

  • To Madame they seemed to be of different races—she fair and Teutonic, he complicated and magnificently dark, with pin-pricks of light flaming from his jewels.


  • The pupils of the eye dilated and closed to pin-pricks, as if at will.



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