verb[with object and adverbial of direction]
late 17th century: from dialect prise 'lever', from Old French prise 'grasp, taking hold'. Compare with pry2
Do not confuse prise with prize. Prise means 'force something apart or open' (he prised open a bottle of beer), whereas prize means 'a reward for an achievement' or 'value something very highly' (Africa’s cultural treasures are prized by collectors). In American English, the spelling prize is used for both words.