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piercing

adjective uk   /ˈpɪə.sɪŋ/  us   /ˈpɪr-/
going through or into something: Troops have been issued with new armour-piercing anti-tank grenades. 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 strong 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 when a person looks very carefully at someone or something, especially when they are trying to discover something, often making people feel uncomfortable: Sherlock Holmes gave him a piercing glance. He looked straight at me with his piercing blue eyes.
piercingly
adverb uk   us   /-li/

piercing

noun [C or U] (also body piercing) uk   /ˈpɪə.sɪŋ/  us   /ˈpɪr-/
a hole made in the body for wearing jewellery, or the process of making such a hole: He has several tattoos and multiple piercings.
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