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ear-piercing

[eer-peer-sing] /ˈɪərˌpɪər sɪŋ/
adjective
1.
extremely harsh and irritating to the ear:
ear-piercing noise.
Origin of ear-piercing
1595-1605
1595-1605
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  • These horrid and ear piercing sounds proceeded from a parrot hung out on the balcony of the story below.

  • Arriving at the Hall Sylvia flew up to her uncle's room and throwing herself on the floor shook the room with ear piercing sobs.

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  • The hangings were all of bats' wings, and from the ceiling hung twelve cats, who filled the hall with their ear piercing yells.

British Dictionary definitions for ear piercing

ear piercing

noun
1.
the making of a hole in the lobe of an ear, using a sterilized needle, so that an earring may be worn fastened in the hole
adjective
2.
so loud or shrill as to hurt the ears
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