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prickly

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1 causing an unpleasant tingling sensation
  • she tried to ignore the feel of the prickly grass against her skin

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3 having leaves or branches which are likely to cause a scratch
  • waded carefully through the prickly bushes

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4 requiring exceptional skill or caution in performance or handling
  • a prickly issue that will outrage at least one special interest if not handled delicately

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The first known use of prickly was in 1578

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“Prickly.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/prickly. Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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