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piercing

adjective     /ˈpɪə.sɪŋ/ US  /ˈpɪr-/
going through or into something: Troops have been issued with new armour-piercing anti-tank grenades .Making holes in things very cold , or making you feel very cold : We shivered in the piercing wind . (of a sound ) high, loud , and unpleasant : piercing screams Noise and noisy a 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.Serious and unpleasantNot attractive to look atInformal words for bad 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 .Using the eyesEyesight, glasses and lensesThe eye and surrounding areaPerceptive piercingly     /-li/ adverb Noise and noisy
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