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pinprick

[pin-prik] /ˈpɪnˌprɪk/
noun
1.
any minute puncture made by a pin or the like.
2.
a negligible irritation or annoyance.
Origin
1745-1755
1745-55; pin + prick
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British Dictionary definitions for pin pricks

pinprick

/ˈpɪnˌprɪk/
noun
1.
a slight puncture made by or as if by a pin
2.
a small irritation
verb
3.
(transitive) to puncture with or as if with a pin
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Word Origin and History for pin pricks

pinprick

n.

also pin-prick, 1851, from pin (n.) + prick (n.). Used figuratively of petty irritations from 1885. Earlier pin's prick (1825).

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