verb (pries, prying, pried)[no object]
- Not for the first time he attempts to personalise the issue by prying into my private affairs.
- At the same time, the French media is slowly but surely prying into the private lives of the politicians - slowly but surely exposing more details about what goes on behind the closed doors of the country's rulers.
- She didn't want to feel like she was prying into Keira's private life by going through her cupboard, but she thought that she'd be doing the girl a favour by cleaning it out.
Middle English (in the sense 'peer inquisitively'): of unknown origin.
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verb (pries, prying, pried)chiefly North American
- My idle hands proceeded to pound, wrench, twist, pry, and yank at anything I could get a hold on.
- My ears strained toward the sirens and my heart pounded as the officers used a crowbar to pry away the door.
- I knocked lightly on the door, hoping to pry Angela out of the restroom.
early 19th century: from the verb prise, interpreted as pries, third person singular of the present tense.
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