pry

pry
[[t]pra͟ɪ[/t]]
pries, prying, pried
1) VERB If someone pries, they try to find out about someone else's private affairs, or look at their personal possessions.

[V into n] We do not want people prying into our affairs...

Imelda might think she was prying...

[V-ing] She thought she was safe from prying eyes and could do as she wished.

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2) VERB If you pry something open or pry it away from a surface, you force it open or away from a surface.

[V n with adj] They pried open a sticky can of blue paint...

[V n prep] I pried the top off a can of chilli...

[V n with adv] Prying off the plastic lid, she took out a small scoop.

Syn:
3) VERB If you pry something such as information out of someone, you persuade them to tell you although they may be very unwilling to. [mainly AM]

[V n from/out of n] ...their attempts to pry the names from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

(in BRIT, usually use prize)

English dictionary. 2008.

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  • pry — pry1 [prī] n. pl. pries [back form. < PRIZE2] 1. a tool for raising or moving something by leverage; lever, crowbar, etc. 2. leverage vt. pried, prying 1. to raise, move, or force with a pry …   English World dictionary

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