Definition of pinprick in English:

pinprick

noun

  • 1A prick caused by a pin.

    • ‘But Anna believed the test, which uses the blood pinprick given to all babies, would have prevented Sonny becoming a financial burden on the health service.’
    • ‘He can feel about two-thirds of the normal sensation of being touched and half of the usual intensity of pinpricks.’
    • ‘The stimuli included mechanical pinpricks, electrical stimuli, contact heat, and injection of a low-pH solution.’
    • ‘She then pinpricks for 45 minutes, lulling most patients into such a state of relaxation that they are unaware of anything but the tiniest tingle.’
    • ‘The star can also feel a pinprick over most of his body and can distinguish between hot and cold, and sharp and dull sensations.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It says: ‘The bubble didnae burst’ and so far, despite a couple of pinpricks, it is still intact.’
    • ‘Stork notes that pinpricks show that Jan van Eyck's 1432 portrait of Cardinal Albergati was magnified mechanically, with a proportional compass.’
    • ‘Delicate folds, cuts and pinpricks, or lifts at the drawings' corners and the resulting shadows, are all experienced as major events.’
    • ‘This recurs in the bunch of bananas covered with pinpricks that, oxidised on contact with the air, form the black outline of a face.’
    • ‘The country's leaders are worried the sporadic suicide bombings could be relative pinpricks leading up to terrorism on a much larger scale.’
    • ‘Does it cover the small pinpricks called ‘petechial haemorrhage’?’
    • ‘He picks up a disposable pen and points to two tiny pinpricks.’
    • ‘The first needle is pushed in gently and I am aware of a slight pinprick.’
    • ‘A rash which starts off as tiny red or purple pinpricks and may develop into bruises which do not fade when pressed with a glass.’
    • ‘Brand names take the place of skin - Diane pinpricks a drugged syringe into the foil cover of her competitor Karen's single-serve Evian cup as if it were flesh.’
    • ‘Our selling point is that it requires only a tiny pinprick and it isn't as sore.’
    • ‘It means patients can get an accurate reading on the day of their clinic appointment and, instead of having to take blood from a vein, patients only have to undergo a pinprick using the new machine.’
    • ‘Each pinprick lasts barely three seconds, and is slightly uncomfortable rather than painful, especially on the forehead, where the skin is very thin.’
    • ‘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. 1.1 A cause of minor irritation.
      • ‘But the IRA attacks, of course, were pinpricks compared to the atrocities of 11 September 2001.’
      • ‘These explorations are, however, mere pinpricks in the impervious hide of western culture.’
      • ‘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 tactics were often not much more than pinpricks; more serious troubles could be brought on by traceable sabotage.’
      • ‘His condemnation of violence and wealth, of government repression and church hypocrisy, brought him administrative pinpricks and excommunication.’
      • ‘And while Gammell's most recent find in India eases the pressure, it is a pinprick in terms of global needs.’
      • ‘It was a minor pinprick in his side that his plan had not succeeded.’
      • ‘On Jupiter, it blows material clear out of the atmosphere but is nevertheless a mere pinprick to the giant planet.’
      • ‘Harder than even the 4 inches of reinforced steel below it, it served to make Allied shells, even AP rounds, bounce off like pinpricks.’
      • ‘The comment stung Winston's eyes with pinpricks of embarrassment, and he wanted to run until he couldn't see straight.’
      • ‘India cannot allow political pinpricks from its neighbours to come in the way of pursuing freer regional trade through unilateral action where necessary.’
      • ‘Our economy is so huge that the scenes of destruction, awesome as they are, are only a pinprick.’
      irritant, source of irritation, source of vexation, annoyance, source of annoyance, thorn in someone's flesh, thorn in someone's side, pinprick, pest, bother, trial, torment, plague, inconvenience, nuisance, bugbear, menace
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Pronunciation:

pinprick

/ˈpinˌprik/