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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.
See also: piercing, scream
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: piercing, scream
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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"Our ear piercing services start at [pounds sterling]15 for both ear lobes, [pounds sterling]12 for a single - there are 4 stainless steel styles available at this price point, and this price includes the specialist ear piercing earrings, the piercing service, and our standard ear care lotion.
Oftentimes there is an educational component that comes with a piercing around the right after-care and choice of earrings.
The impact on existing piercings is also important.
Chief dental officer for Wales, Dr Colette Bridgman, said: "Tongue piercing can lead to lasting damage to teeth and gums, and can cause serious swelling in the mouth that can affect breathing.
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As implicacoes infecciosas ocorrem por meios de tecnicas, instrumentais precarios e nao esterilizados; ou apos a colocacao do piercing, quando a ferida nao e tratada adequadamente (4).
Local environmental health departments set requirements for cleanliness of piercing premises, registration of the piercer and cleansing of the equipment.
If the piercer cannot place a piercing where you want it, she should be able to explain why your chosen spot [isn't] safe.
There has been a huge boom in the piercing industry, with a recent survey showing 46 per cent of 16 - to 24-year-olds have a piercing somewhere other than their ears.
Now 45, Marios is the owner of Station Piercing & Tattoos, with two studios in Nicosia.
Since public and private hospitals will only pierce ears, young girls and boys who want to pierce navels, eyebrows or noses have to resort to illegal home-based piercing shops.
He got working on the idea and came up with a discreet screw-in clamp that securely and painlessly grips onto a fold in the flesh rather than piercing it.
Body decorations like piercing and tattoos go back to ancient times, and are very common today.
Alan Bennett, of the council's environmental health department, said: "Obviously it's ridiculous that body-piercing, which is a more serious activity, depending on which part of the body you're piercing, isn't included."