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verb prickle pronunciation in British English /ˈprɪk(ə)l/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleprickling
past tenseprickled
past participleprickled

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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to feel something sharp and uncomfortable on your skin or to cause this feeling

    She felt frost prickling her face.

    His new wool trousers prickled his legs.

  2. 2
    [intransitive] to experience a burning or cold feeling caused by a strong emotion

    His cheeks prickled with embarrassment.


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a derogatory word used for referring to people in the banking and investment industry who are thought of as taking serious risks in order to increase their own earnings …

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