prick (one's) conscience

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prick (one's) conscience

To cause one 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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Hope this will help prick conscience of the concerned authorities to take immediate and worthwhile steps to overcome the problem.
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Former US VP Al Gore AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL: TRUTH TO POWER (PG) HHH HH A FEW minutes into Jon Shenk and Bonni Cohen's sequel to the Oscar-winning 2006 documentary An Inconvenient Truth, it becomes apparent that there is one renewable energy source the world has yet to harness: former US vice president Al Gore's boundless determination to prick consciences about the effects of global warming.
harness: former United States vice president Al Gore's boundless determination to prick consciences about the effects of global warming.
an inconvenient sequel: truth to power (pg) HHH HH A FEW minutes into Jon Shenk and Bonni Cohen's tub-thumping sequel to the Oscar-winning 2006 documentary An Inconvenient Truth, it becomes apparent that there is one renewable energy source the world has yet to harness: former United States vice president Al Gore's boundless determination to prick consciences about the effects of global warming.
MINUTES into this tub-thumping sequel to Oscar-winning 2006 documentary An Inconvenient Truth, it becomes apparent that there is one renewable energy source the world has yet to harness: former US Vice President Al Gore's boundless determination to prick consciences about the effects of global warming.
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.
and could power the planet for decades: former United States Vice President Al Gore's boundless determination to prick consciences about the effects of global warming.
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 !lm threatens to prick consciences, the narrative engineers another frenetic chase or running gun battle.
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.
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.