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1. A small firm cushion into which pins are stuck when not in use.
2. An object of frequent criticism or hurtful treatment: "a hapless pincushion [who] contemplates registering a complaint with his girlfriend" (Village Voice).


(Knitting & Sewing) a small well-padded cushion in which pins are stuck ready for use


(ˈpɪnˌkʊʃ ən)

a small cushion into which pins are stuck until needed.
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Noun1.pincushion - a small stiff cushion into which pins are stuck ready for usepincushion - a small stiff cushion into which pins are stuck ready for use
cushion - a soft bag filled with air or a mass of padding such as feathers or foam rubber etc.
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[ˈpɪnˌkʊʃən] Nacerico m, almohadilla f


[ˈpɪnkʊʃən] npelote f à épingles


[ˈpɪnˌkʊʃn] n(cuscinetto) puntaspilli m inv


(pin) noun
1. a short, thin, pointed piece of metal used eg to hold pieces of fabric, paper etc together, especially when making clothes. The papers are fastened together by a pin.
2. a similar but more ornamental object. a hat-pin.
verbpast tense, past participle pinned
1. to fasten with a pin. She pinned the material together.
2. to hold by pressing against something. The fallen tree pinned him to the ground.
ˈpincushion noun
a small cushion or similar object into which pins are pushed for keeping.
ˈpinhole noun
a hole made by a pin. A pinhole camera does not need a lens.
ˈpinpoint verb
to place or show very exactly. He pinpointed the position on the map.
ˈpin-up noun
1. a picture of an attractive girl (or man), often pinned on a wall. He has dozens of pin-ups in his room; (also adjective) a pin-up girl.
2. the girl (or man). She's the favourite pin-up of the soldiers.
pin down
to make (someone) give a definite answer, statement, opinion or promise. I can't pin him down to a definite date for his arrival.
pins and needles
a tingling feeling in one's hands, arms, feet or legs. I've got pins and needles in my arm.
References in classic literature ?
exclaimed Miss Betsey, unconsciously quoting the second sentiment of the pincushion in the drawer upstairs, but applying it to my mother instead of me, 'I don't mean that.
Everything belonging to Miss Nancy was of delicate purity and nattiness: not a crease was where it had no business to be, not a bit of her linen professed whiteness without fulfilling its profession; the very pins on her pincushion were stuck in after a pattern from which she was careful to allow no aberration; and as for her own person, it gave the same idea of perfect unvarying neatness as the body of a little bird.
She was still examining the Professor's pincushion.
You are certainly a wonder, my dear, and I fancy you'd make a splendid pincushion.
I thought I stuck it in my pincushion when I came home from church yesterday evening, but I can't find it anywhere.
A pincushion upon my coach would please me just as well.
Two little trunks were corded in one end of the room; and on the table before the window--on the pincushion the great fat pincushion lined with pink inside, and twilled like a lady's nightcap--lay a letter.
A little pincushion, a little housewife, a little book, a little workbox, a little set of tables and weights and measures, and a little woman, all in one.
Tupman in full brigand's costume, with a very tight jacket, sitting like a pincushion over his back and shoulders, the upper portion of his legs incased in the velvet shorts, and the lower part thereof swathed in the complicated bandages to which all brigands are peculiarly attached.
His arms and legs were like great pincushions of those shapes, and his attire disguised him absurdly; but I knew his half-closed eye at one glance.
All the movables, from the wardrobes to the chairs and tables, hangings, glasses, even to the pincushions and scent-bottles on the dressing-tables, displayed the same quaint variety.
Embroidered braces, smart smoking-caps, quaint pincushions, gorgeous slippers, glittering purses, all bore witness to the popularity of the friend of the women.