pinprick


pinprick

noun

  1. any minute puncture made by a pin or the like.
  2. a negligible irritation or annoyance.

noun

  1. a slight puncture made by or as if by a pin
  2. a small irritation

verb

  1. (tr) to puncture with or as if with a pin

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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