Definition of pricking-up in US English:

pricking-up

noun

  • 1Plastering. The scoring of a first coat of plaster so as to afford a hold for the next; (the application of) a first coat of plaster which is afterwards to be so scored.

  • 2Basket-making. The action of turning up (especially willow) stakes after their insertion in the base of a basket.

Origin

Late 18th century. From pricking + up, in sense 1 after to prick up.

Pronunciation

pricking-up

/ˌprɪkɪŋˈʌp/