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pierce (one's) heart

To impact one on a deep, emotionally meaningful level; to stir a strong emotion in one, especially sadness, pity, etc. When the lights came on, the room was silent, and you could tell the documentary had pierced everyone's heart. It pierced my heart seeing my father's new one-bedroom apartment, with its bare walls and random assortment of appliances and utensils.
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pierce through

To penetrate, perforate, or cut through someone or something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "pierce" and "through." Rays of sunlight pierced through the clouds. The metal beam that had been hurled by the tornado pierced the building clean through. The bullet didn't hit any organs when it pierced through him.
See also: pierce, through

piercing scream

An extremely loud and shrill scream or shriek. Her piercing screams could be heard for miles around. He let out a piercing scream as the knife plunged into his thigh.
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pierce through something

to poke through something; to penetrate something. He pierced through the meat with a fork and then put it in a spicy marinade. Mary pierced the yarn through with the knitting needles.
See also: pierce, through

piercing scream

Fig. a very loud and shrill scream. Suddenly, there was a piercing scream from the next room. Bob heard Susan's piercing scream and ran to help her.
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According to a study recently published in the British Medical Journal, serious complications leading to hospital admission can occur when piercing is done by non-specialists rather than in professional piercing shops.
Until prospective randomized studies shed light on the relationship between piercing and endocarditis, prophylactic measures are indicated and should be formulated, particularly for persons at high risk, e.
The questionnaire consisted of 32 items concerning demographics, perceived acceptability of body piercing, body piercing acquisition, and awareness of associated health risks.
Piercing also can allow transmission of tetanus and the life-threatening viral infections hepatitis B and C.
A: How quickly a piercing heals depends on where it's located and whether or not it gets infected.
Our approach to staff body piercing and tattoos is the same as our approach to eating habits, t-shirt styles, haircuts, and sexual orientation.