Definition of pinprick in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpinˌprik/


1A prick caused by a pin.
Example sentences
  • This process enables the donor to gift this precious platelet concentrate to a sick relative with just an hour of gazing absent-mindedly at the smiley blood drop and suffering little more than two pinpricks.
  • The country's leaders are worried the sporadic suicide bombings could be relative pinpricks leading up to terrorism on a much larger scale.
  • Other ballots are more baffling: those with pinpricks across the portion of the card that does not match any contest in the ballot book.
1.1A cause of minor irritation.
Example sentences
  • It was a minor pinprick in his side that his plan had not succeeded.
  • Last night a senior air force officer described the bombing of the sites as a minor operation, a pinprick raid which accomplished what it set out to achieve.
  • These explorations are, however, mere pinpricks in the impervious hide of western culture.

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Syllabification: pin·prick

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