The gap between rhetoric and action was on vivid display this weekend with pinprick U.S. strikes in northern Iraq.
Somehow he felt oddly reluctant to inflict even a pinprick of pain on this particular patient.
And now thou art boasting aloud over this pinprick, which harms me not at all.
The offence itself seemed a pinprick beside the rankle of the wound to her pride.
Used as he had become, the past two years, to pinpricks of this sort, his colour betrayed how much the present pinprick hurt him.
The cavalry horses and transport animals suffered from bursati, and even a pinprick expanded into a large open sore.
Besides, to shoot a mere amateur in Chouannerie would be as absurd as to fire on a balloon when a pinprick would disinflate it.