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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

be like a spare prick at a wedding

slang To feel awkward and out of place at an event. Primarily heard in UK. I don't know anyone here, so I've been like a spare prick at a wedding, just standing in the corner by myself.
See also: like, prick, spare, wedding

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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Jeanne Harris, aged 61, pricked her left finger when pruning roses in her garden on a Sunday afternoon in June last year, her husband said in a statement to the hearing at Cirencester Magistrates Court.
Since the scare broke out in Tianjin after Christmas, an undetermined number of worried residents have gone to hospitals for blood tests after complaining of being pricked secretly by people with needles.
He pricked his finger with a syringe full of the virus without noticing.
It is believed Andrew had pricked his neck and Ashleigh jabbed her finger with a dirty needle.
The Queen has pricked my name in parchment at Buckingham Palace but April 7 will be my big day when I take office at a ceremony at Moot Hall in Newcastle.
SARISKA'S return had to be shelved yesterday after the dual Oaks winner sustained a pricked foot on the eve of the StanJames.
The council worker was cleaning the public facilities in Pontypridd when he reached behind a toilet roll holder and was pricked by the used hypodermic syringe.
A family is facing an agonising wait after a five-year-old boy pricked himself on a discarded drug-user's needle.
WOODLAND HILLS - Serrania Elementary School suspended a campus fund-raiser that relied on recycled soda cans after a student was pricked by a syringe needle found inside a can, officials said Thursday.
A PLUMBER who thought about suicide after being pricked by a junkie's needle is demanding pounds 20,000 compensation.
Sean, who should know better, pricked himself not just once, but three times and Daniel pricked himself twice," she said.
A heated propagator, or even a warm kitchen window-sill, soon gets them moving and, by the time they've been pricked out, the temperature's high enough for them to survive with no extra heat.
Humanity for Pacheco is a diminished and tragic form of something else, the result of a bubble being pricked.
Kaufman pricked their skin with extracts of two nearly identical species known to cause respiratory allergy in Europe, P.
Prosecutors said Jianshui county police arrested Sun on Oct 27, 2009, after receiving complaints that she pricked her students with needles if they were disobedient or made too much noise during naptime.