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prick (sth) up

phrasal verb with prick uk   us   /prɪk/ verb [T]
When an ​animalpricksitsears up, or when ​itsearsprick up, it puts ​itsears up ​straight because it is ​listeningcarefully to a ​smallsound or one that is ​far away. If you ​prick up ​yourears, or if ​yourearsprick up, you ​suddenlybegin to ​listen very ​carefully because you have ​heard something ​interesting: I ​overheard them ​mentioning my ​name and ​pricked up my ​ears.
(Definition of prick (sth) up from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “prick (sth) up”
in Chinese (Simplified) (动物)竖起(耳朵)听, (人)侧(耳)倾听…
in Chinese (Traditional) (動物)豎起(耳朵)聽, (人)側(耳)傾聽…
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