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"piercing" in British English

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piercingadjective

uk   /ˈpɪə.sɪŋ/  us   /ˈpɪr-/
going through or into something: Troops have been ​issued with new armour-piercing ​anti-tankgrenades. very ​cold, or making you ​feel very ​cold: We ​shivered in the piercing ​wind. (of a ​sound) high, ​loud, and ​unpleasant: piercing ​screamsa piercing criticism, question, remark, etc. a ​criticism, ​question, ​remark, etc. that is ​unpleasant or ​uncomfortable because it is ​expressedstrongly, or it makes you ​think about or ​discuss something that you would ​prefer not to: She hadn't really ​meant to ​lie, but ​their piercing ​questions had ​forced her to.piercing eyes, look, gaze, etc. used to ​describe the ​fact of a ​personlooking very ​carefully at someone or something, ​especially when they are ​trying to ​discover something, often making ​peoplefeeluncomfortable: Sherlock Holmes gave him a piercing ​glance. He ​lookedstraight at me with his piercing ​blueeyes.
piercingly
adverb uk   us   /-li/

piercingnoun

uk   /ˈpɪə.sɪŋ/  us   /ˈpɪr-/
(Definition of piercing from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"piercing" in American English

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piercingadjective

 us   /ˈpɪər·sɪŋ/
feeling or ​seeming very ​sharp or ​powerful: He had piercing ​blueeyes. She ​let out a piercing (= ​loud)shriek.
(Definition of piercing from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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