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prick (up) one's ears

Definition of prick (up) one's ears

of an animal

  1. :  to cause (the ears) to point upward <The dog pricked (up) its ears at the sound.> —used figuratively of people to suggest listening carefully <She pricked up her ears when they said her name.>



Word by Word Definitions

prickplay
  1. :  a mark or shallow hole made by a pointed instrument

    :  a pointed instrument or weapon

    :  a sharp projecting organ or part

  1. :  to pierce slightly with a sharp point

    :  to affect with anguish, grief, or remorse

    :  to ride, guide, or urge on with or as if with spurs :  goad

  1. :  in or into a higher position or level

    :  away from the center of the earth

    :  from beneath the ground or water to the surface

  1. :  risen above the horizon

    :  standing

    :  being out of bed

  1. : used as a function word to indicate motion to or toward or situation at a higher point of

    :  up into or in the

    :  in a direction regarded as being toward or near the upper end or part of

  1. :  one in a high or advantageous position

    :  an upward slope

    :  a period or state of prosperity or success

  1. :  to rise from a lying or sitting position

    :  to move upward :  ascend

    : used with and and another verb to indicate that the action of the following verb was either surprisingly or abruptly initiated

earplay ears
  1. :  the characteristic vertebrate organ of hearing and equilibrium consisting in the typical mammal of a sound-collecting outer ear separated by the tympanic membrane from a sound-transmitting middle ear that in turn is separated from a sensory inner ear by membranous fenestrae

    :  any of various organs (as of a fish) capable of detecting vibratory motion

    :  the external ear of humans and most mammals

  1. :  the fruiting spike of a cereal (as wheat or Indian corn) including both the seeds and protective structures

  1. :  to form ears in growing


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