pry

pry
pry [ praı ] verb
1. ) intransitive to be interested in someone's personal life in a way that is annoying or offensive:
I just glanced at the letter; I didn't mean to pry.
pry into: The press continues to pry into their affairs.
prying eyes (=people who pry): They couldn't conceal the information from prying eyes.
2. ) transitive to force something open or away from something: PRIZE:
pry something open/off/away etc.: Try prying the lid off with a spoon.
,pry `out phrasal verb transitive
pry something out of someone
to get information from someone with a lot of effort or difficulty:
We managed to pry the secret code out of him.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • pry — [praı] v past tense and past participle pried present participle prying third person singular pries [Sense: 1,3; Date: 1300 1400; Origin: Origin unknown] [Sense: 2,4; Date: 1800 1900; Origin: prize to force up (17 21 centuries), from prize lever… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Pry — Pry …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Pry — Pry, To Saltar a navegación, búsqueda «Pry, To» Canción de Pearl Jam Álbum Vitalogy Publicación 1994 Gr …   Wikipedia Español

  • Pry — Pry, v. i. [OE. prien. Cf. {Peer} to peep.] To peep narrowly; to gaze; to inspect closely; to attempt to discover something by a scrutinizing curiosity; often implying reproach. To pry upon the stars. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] Watch thou and wake… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pry — Pry, n. [Corrupted fr. prize a lever. See {Prize}, n.] A lever; also, leverage. [Local, U. S. & Eng.] [1913 Webster] {Pry pole}, the pole which forms the prop of a hoisting gin, and stands facing the windlass. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pry — Pry, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Pried}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Prying}.] To raise or move, or attempt to raise or move, with a pry or lever; to prize. [Local, U. S. & Eng.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pry — pry·ing·ly; pry·ler; pry; …   English syllables

  • 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

  • Pry — Pry, n. Curious inspection; impertinent peeping. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pry — [v1] interfere in someone else’s business be a busybody*, be all ears*, be curious, be inquisitive, be nosy, bug*, ferret out, gape, gaze, hunt, inquire, intrude, investigate, listen in, meddle, nose, peek, peep, peer, poke, poke nose into*,… …   New thesaurus

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