prick your conscience

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


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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IF you need a reason to sign up to the Echo Give Blood Give Life appeal then these words from Dr Meriel Jenney, a consultant paediatric oncologist at Llandough Hospital, should prick your conscience.