Definition of prise in English:


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Pronunciation: /prʌɪz
(US prize)


[with object and adverbial of direction]
  • 1Use force in order to move, move apart, or open (something): I tried to prise Joe’s fingers away from the stick
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    • Last year there were 10 break-outs and 33 unsuccessful escape attempts, each involving detainees prising open windows under cover of darkness.
    • Gingerly prising the door open half-expecting a private party or aftermath of a wedding reception, we were pleasantly surprised to be ushered in and offered drinks.
    • Eventually when it was prised open, I found some yellowed and brittle sheets of paper, most of them hand-written, but illegible now.
    lever, force, wrench, pull, wrest, twist; jemmy; North American pry, jimmy
  • 1.1 (prise something out of/from) Obtain something from (someone) with effort or difficulty: I got the loan, though I had to prise it out of him
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    • By dint of not mentioning snow, I gently prised the story out of him, learning that he'd fumbled the first deal and lost two or three months in the process.
    • So I said ‘What if I prise a contract out of him for the winter as well and we all move out there?’
    • The Australian Cricket Board, to their eternal shame, secretly fined the players then covered it up until the papers prised the story out of them.
    extract/obtain with difficulty, worm out; British winkle out


late 17th century: from dialect prise 'lever', from Old French prise 'grasp, taking hold'. Compare with pry2.

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