prick up

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Related to prick up: prick off
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Verb1.prick up - raise; "The dog pricked up his ears"
erect, rear - cause to rise up
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vi her/its ears pricked upsie/es spitzte die Ohren
vt sep to prick up its/one’s ears (lit, fig)die Ohren spitzen
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I have so named him because he could prick up only one of his ears.
If you're someone with a product worth shouting about, some of these people will be on hand on December 1 to give you an idea of how best to prick up their ears - and the turn-offs to avoid like the plague.
The performer played Kenneth Halliwell in Prick Up Your Ears, which ends as he murders his lover Joe Orton and prepares to take his own life.