1 verb
1 (T) to make a small hole in something, using a sharp point: Prick the pastry lightly with a fork. | prick yourself/prick your finger: Ouch! I've pricked my finger with the needle.
2 (I, T) to feel an unpleasant stinging feeling on your skin, or to make someone feel this: prick sth: The coarse material was beginning to prick my whole body.
—see also: prickle 2 (1)
3 prick sb's conscience to make someone feel guilty or ashamed: a documentary that should prick the consciences of the comfortable middle classes
4 prick (up) its ears if an animal pricks up its ears it raises them and points them towards a sound: The rabbit stopped suddenly, pricking up its ears.
5 prick (up) your ears to listen carefully because you have heard something interesting: Jay pricked up his ears when I mentioned vacation.
6 prick the bubble (of sth) to make someone see the uncomfortable truth of a situation
prick sth out phrasal verb (T) to place a young plant in a specially prepared hole 2 noun (C)
1 PAIN a slight pain you get when something sharp goes into your skin: Don't worry, it's just a little needle prick.
a) a small hole made by a sharp point in your skin or the surface of something: A sample of blood was drawn from a prick in the skin.
b) an act of pricking something: Give the sausages a prick.
—see also: pinprick
3 SEX ORGAN slang taboo a penis
4 PERSON slang taboo a stupid unpleasant man
5 prick of conscience an uncomfortable feeling that you have done something wrong
6 a prick of light a small point or circle of light

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.


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