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Requiring great skill or finesse in handling or treatment
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“Perhaps movie-makers see it as a prickly subject, limp as a film theme, a let-down for audiences.”
Having a tendency to be easily annoyed or angered
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“Eventually they cohabited and married but things were never that simple for the prickly couple who were both too independent to settle easily into married life.”
Having or causing a tingling or itching sensation
“It's this so-called bronchial constriction that creates the tight, prickly sensation in your chest, and aerobic exercise only compounds the problem.”
Covered in prickles
“I liked the stealthy hiding part, often choosing the excellent cover provided by a set of prickly Pyracantha bushes in a neighboring yard.”
Feeling, or causing, (typically slight or stinging) pain
Having a surface or texture that is coarse or bristly
Sharp, stabbing or piercing
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