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verb prick pronunciation in British English /prɪk/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyprick
he/she/itpricks
present participlepricking
past tensepricked
past participlepricked
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  1. 1
    [transitive] to make a very small hole in the surface of something with a sharp object

    He pricked his finger and drew blood.

    Prick the sausages with a fork.

  2. 2
    [transitive] mainly literary if tears prick your eyes, you feel as if you are going to cry
  3. 4
    [intransitive/transitive] to experience a sharp stinging feeling, or to cause this feeling on someone’s skin or eyes

    Trickles of sweat pricked the back of her neck.

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