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autem prickear

obsolete One who dissents from the teachings of any given denomination of the (Christian) church. "Autem" is an obsolete slang word for church, and "prick-eared" was a slang term often applied to puritans, who dissented from the Church of England. Ah, let the autem prickears go and form their own church rather than change our own.
See also: autem

never a rose without a/the prick

There is rarely a good or positive thing, event, or circumstance that is not accompanied by something negative or unpleasant (i.e., just as a rose has thorns). A: "I can't believe the amount of taxes I have to pay on my lottery winnings!" B: "Never a rose without the prick, eh?"
See also: never, prick, rose, without

policy of pin pricks

A government policy that is regarded as particularly petty. The phrase was first applied to tense relations between England and France at the end of the 19th century. How long do we have to suffer under this policy of pin pricks before they finally repeal it?
See also: of, pin, policy, prick

prick up its ears

 and prick up one's ears
Fig. [for an animal or a person] to become attentive. (The animal will adjust its ears toward the sound.) The sound made the dog prick its ears up. When Fred heard his name, he pricked up his ears. She pricked her ears up when she heard her name.
See also: ear, prick, up

prick your ears up

also prick up your ears
to listen carefully If you hear my name mentioned, prick up your ears – I want to know what you find out.
See also: ear, prick, up

kick against the pricks

  (British & Australian literary)
to fight against people in authority People in this country tend to follow rather than lead. It takes courage to kick against the pricks.
See also: kick, prick

prick somebody's conscience

to make someone feel guilty Seeing pictures of starving children pricks my conscience, but I rarely give money to charity.
See also: conscience, prick

prick your ears up

to start to listen carefully to what someone is saying, often because you think you may find out something interesting
Usage notes: Many animals prick up (= raise) their ears when they hear something.
Eve pricked her ears up when she heard her name being mentioned.
See also: ear, prick, up

be like a spare prick at a wedding

  (British taboo, humorous)
to feel silly because you are present at an event but no one needs you and no one is talking to you Everyone else there had come with their partners and I was left feeling like a spare prick at a wedding.
See also: like, prick, spare, wedding

prick up one's ears

Listen carefully, pay close attention, as in When she heard them mention her boyfriend she pricked up her ears. This term alludes to horses raising their ears at a sudden noise. [Late 1500s]
See also: ear, prick, up


1. n. the penis. (Usually objectionable.) He held his hands over his prick and ran for the bedroom.
2. n. a stupid or obnoxious male. (Usually objectionable.) You stupid prick! Get out of here!

prick up (one's) ears

To listen with attentive interest.
See also: ear, prick, up
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1]A finger prick test using a blood glucose meter is required during times of rapidly changing glucose levels when interstitial fluid glucose levels may not accurately reflect blood glucose levels or if hypoglycaemia or impending hypoglycaemia is reported by the System or when symptoms do not match the System readings [sup.
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Each week during the football wagering contest period, our Prick makes his football picks (http://www.
He was a prick and pricks aren't famous for shouldering obligation.
It is also difficult for diabetics to prick their fingers every 20 minutes or so to get their blood sugar level reading to understand how their body reacts to the cup of tea or lunch they have just had.
Prick Up Your Ears is a fantastic film and can be seen at FACT on June 28 at 8.
To perform the skin prick test, an allergist-immunologist injects the latex proteins suspected of causing allergic reactions under the skin or to a scratch or puncture wound on the patient's arm or back.
When, in reality, he said he had the smallest prick around.
The risk was identical in girls who had one or more positive skin prick tests and lived within 50 m of a major road.
Tianjin police have apprehended a number of people for using needles to threaten or prick people, said the report last Thursday.
translucent kidneys, trimmed in amethyst, marooned, it seems, subject to gull's prick, wind's slap, and the sun's
This approved system uses a simple finger prick process for home blood collection which results in dried blood spots on special paper.
If, for example, you have a heated greenhouse and you can maintain a temperature around 50F at night, then it is quite practical to buy even the most tender of seedlings such as Busy Lizzie and start to prick them out - but don't rush too much.
The third is the evil fairy who first entranced Rose and who now cares for her and inhabits her dreams, tempting her to prick her finger over and over again and torturing her with those stories about other entranced beauties.