pry

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' (14-20 centuries), from Old French prise 'act of seizing']
1.)
to try to find out details about someone else's private life in an impolite way
I don't want to pry , but I need to ask you one or two questions.
pry into
reporters prying into the affairs of celebrities
2.) [T always + adverb/preposition] [i]especially AmE to force something open, or force it away from something else
British Equivalent: prizepry sth open/away/off etc
We finally managed to pry the door open with a screwdriver.
3.) away from prying eyes
in private, where people cannot see what you are doing
pry out of / [pry sth out of sb/sth] phr v
to get money or information from someone with a lot of difficulty
If you want to know his name, you have to pry it out of her.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • 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

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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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