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Prick, vb. 1) to pierce or wound as with a prickle, to sting: “the --ing spur,” Ven. 285. “the needle his finger --s,” Lucr. 319. Tp. IV, 180. Ado III, 4, 76. LLL II, 189. IV, 2, 58. Merch. III, 1, 67. All's IV, 2, 19. John V, 7, 17. H4B II, 2, 121. III, 2, 186. III, 2, 186 H5 II, 1, 61. H6A II, 4, 49. H6C I, 4, 55. V, 5, 13. Cor. I, 3, 96. Rom. I, 4, 26. Rom. I, 4, 26 Mcb. V, 3, 14. Hml. I, 5, 88. Lr. IV, 7, 56 (or subst.?). Cymb. I, 1, 168. “if honour p. me off,” H4A V, 1, 132 (== stab me, kill me; quibbling). “a little worm --ed from the lazy finger of a maid,” Rom. I, 4, 66 (== picked with a needle. The surreptitious Q1 and some M. Edd. picked). “by the --ing of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes,” Mcb. IV, 1, 44 (== a pricking sensation, an itching).
2) to goad, to spur, to incite: “some odd humour --s him to this fashion,” Shr. III, 2, 75. “and p. my tender patience to those thoughts,” R2 II, 1, 207. Caes. II, 1, 124. Mcb. I, 7, 26. Oth. III, 3, 412. With on: “my duty --s me on to utter that,” Gent. III, 1, 8. LLL I, 1, 269. R2 II, 3, 78. H4A V, 1, 131. H6A III, 2, 78. Hml. I, 1, 83.
3) to erect, to point: “they --ed their ears,” Tp. IV, 176.
4) to stick by means of a pin: “the humour of forty fancies --ed in it for a feather,” Shr. III, 2, 70.
5) to designate by a puncture, to choose, to mark: “she --ed thee out for women's pleasure,” Sonn. 20, 13. “the whole world again cannot p. out five such,” LLL V, 2, 548 (Q1 pick). “the fiend hath --ed down Bardolph irrecoverable,” H4B II, 4, 359. “p. him,” III, 2, 121. III, 2, 121 III, 2, 121 153 “(down).” III, 2, 121 III, 2, 121 III, 2, 121 III, 2, 121 III, 2, 121 “will you be --ed in number of our friends?” Caes. III, 1, 216. “their names are --ed,” IV, 1, 1. “p. him down,” IV, 1, 1 “who should be --ed to die,” IV, 1, 1
6) to dress up, to trim: “I was --ed well enough before,” H4B III, 2, 122. “p. him no more,” H4B III, 2, 122 “if he had been a man's tailor, he'ld ha' --ed you,” H4B III, 2, 122
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