Pincushion meaning

pĭnko͝oshən
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A small firm cushion into which pins are stuck when not in use.
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A small cushion, variously shaped, in which pins and needles are stuck to keep them handy.
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Various plants resembling a pincushion:
  • A flowering plant in genus Chaenactis.
  • A flowering plant in genus Leucospermum.
  • A flowering plant in genus Navarretia.
  • A flowering plant in genus Scabiosa.
  • Nertera granadensis, an ornamental plant.
  • The pincushion cactus, genus Escobaria or Mammillaria.
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To multiply stick or jab, as with pins into a pincushion.

The target was pincushioned with arrows.

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An object of frequent criticism or hurtful treatment.
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A small device designed to receive sewing pins, usually pillow-like; more recently also magnetic.
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(colloquial) Someone who receives regular hypodermic needle injections.

Insulin-dependant diabetics are human pincushions.

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Origin of pincushion