prick (one's) conscience

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prick (one's) conscience

To cause someone niggling feelings of guilt or remorse. It pricked my conscience to see my brother being led away in handcuffs, but I know it was the right thing to call the cops on him. Their promotional material is carefully crafted to prick the conscience of anyone who picks it up.
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prick your ˈconscience

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your ˈconscience pricks you

make you feel guilty about something; feel guilty about something: Her conscience pricked her as she lied to her sister.
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However, every time the film threatens to prick consciences, the narrative puts away its moral compass and engineers another frenetic chase or running gun battle, including some bruising hand-to-hand combat that proves Penn has been training heavily with a fight choreographer.
But every time the film threatens to prick consciences, the narrative engineers another frenetic chase or running gun battle.
But every time the lm threatens to prick consciences, the narrative engineers another frenetic chase or running gun battle.
Hopefully it will prick consciences and people will phone our solicitor with information.
In 1993, he demonstrated his box office clout and an ability to prick consciences and arouse debate with the Oscar-winning double whammy of Jurassic Park and Schindler's List.
After the war, the programme of songs changed to help motivate people in other areas, prick consciences and support good causes such as peace and international friendship.
AWAY from the glitz of the red carpet, George Clooney has exploited his celebrity to prick consciences.
STARRING: Ryan Gosling, George Clooney, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Evan Rachel Wood, Marisa Tomei, Max Minghella Director: George Clooney CERTIFICATE: 15 RUNNING TIME: 100mins s Clooney has exploited his celebrity to prick consciences.
The 111-minute feature aims to prick consciences about Hollywood's portrayal of violence, with Haneke even offering us the chance of a quick DVD playback to change direction as well as character asides to camera.
Though watching El- Ibrahimi being relentlessly tortured without good cause might prick consciences, it all feels terribly forced.