Definition of pinprick in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpɪnprɪk/


1A prick caused by a pin: for the blood to be poisoned it takes only a pinprick
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  • 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 minor annoyance or irritation: compared with the indignities he had so far endured, this was a mere pinprick
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  • 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.
2A very small dot or amount: the stars were pinpricks of light
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  • The iris of each eye was dotted with pinpricks of lights like stars, and the pupils were gray, like the moon.
  • Suddenly, in the black night sky, a pinprick of light is spotted off the nose of the plane.
  • Suddenly, the whole Net vanishes, except for a few pinpricks of light, far, far away, imitating the stars on a cloudless, impossibly dark night.

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