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My prefix, thus used, is tiny
My suffix, perused, is tiny
My infix, confused, is tiny
My whole is revolting if briny

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I wonder - given recent jokes within The Sphinx's Lair (the main PSE chatroom) - whether the answer is:

PICKLE

My prefix, thus used, is tiny

PI is tiny in the sense that it is a single Greek character (or 'only' 3.141... when considered as the mathematical constant).

My suffix, perused, is tiny

ICKLE is a synonym of 'tiny', often used in baby language or particular regional dialects (e.g. West Midlands, in the UK).

My infix, confused, is tiny

LICK is an anagram (note the cryptic clue indicator 'confused') of ICKL, and can be used to mean 'a small application of something' (e.g. 'a lick of paint').

My whole is revolting if briny

Recent chats in The Sphinx's Lair have often (who knows why...) descended into discussions about whether or not pickles (the food) are disgusting or not. It appears that the OP falls firmly into the disgusted camp, considering them 'revolting' in this riddle! (NB 'Briny' can be used as a synonym for 'pickled'...)

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  • $\begingroup$ Hahaha! Nice one :o $\endgroup$
    – Avi
    Sep 19 '20 at 20:42
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My whole is revolting if briny

a salty secretion may sometimes be revolting

My prefix, thus used, is tiny

sec - a second or very short period of time

My suffix, perused, is tiny

ion - atomic sized and tiny to view

My infix, confused, is tiny

trice - a brief moment of time, is the infix anagrammed

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Thus used, my prefix is tiny

sic, a small word for "thus used" [though not an abbreviation]

Perused, my suffix is tiny

bag: People fold up newspapers small to make paper bags.

Confused, my infix is tiny

KBA, an abbreviation for "knowledge-based authentication": KBA uses confusion as a barrier.

My whole is revolting if briny

sick bag: It's revolting if it's been used and is thus briny.

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  • $\begingroup$ That's impressive, but not the answer I had in mind $\endgroup$
    – Mohirl
    Sep 11 '20 at 10:25

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