Green’s Dictionary of Slang

prick v.2

SE in slang uses

In compounds

prickamouse (n.)

[1940s] (US) an insignificant, paltry person.

In phrases

prick in the wicker for a dolphin (v.) [ext. image based on SE wicker, i.e. the basket]

[late 18C–mid-19C] to steal loaves from a baker’s basket.

prick the garter (n.) (also prick the belt, prick the girdle, pitch the nob, pricking at/in...)

[mid-18C–1930s] (UK Und.) a gambling and cheating game, in which a garter or belt is folded and held out to the punter, who bets that by pricking with a pin they can hit the place where the material is folded; almost inevitably they fail and lose their money.

prick-(the-)louse (n.) (also prick the clout, louse snapper) [SE prick, i.e. the needlework + the lice that accrued to clothing]

[early 16C–early 19C] a tailor; also attrib.; thus prick a louse v., to work as a tailor.