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[pin-prik] /ˈpɪnˌprɪk/
any minute puncture made by a pin or the like.
a negligible irritation or annoyance.
Origin of pinprick
1745-55; pin + prick Unabridged
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  • So the modest trailer at the end of a dirt road in this pinprick of a town holds some cosmic questions.
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  • He removed a paper handkerchief from his jacket pocket and dabbed at the pinprick of blood.
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British Dictionary definitions for pinprick


a slight puncture made by or as if by a pin
a small irritation
(transitive) to puncture with or as if with a pin
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Word Origin and History for pinprick

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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