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pry1

Syllabification: pry
Pronunciation: /prī
 
/

verb (pries, prying, pried)

[no object]
Inquire too closely into a person’s private affairs: I’m sick of you prying into my personal life
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
inquire impertinently, be inquisitive, be curious, poke around/about, ferret (about/around), spy, be a busybody;
eavesdrop, listen in, tap someone's phone, intrude
informal stick/poke one's nose in/into, be nosy, nose, snoop

Origin

Middle English (in the sense 'peer inquisitively'): of unknown origin.

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There are 2 main definitions of pry in English:

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pry2

Syllabification: pry
Pronunciation: /prī
 
/

verb (pries, prying, pried)

[with object] chiefly North American
1Use force in order to move or open (something) or to separate (something) from something else: using a screwdriver, he pried open the window
More example sentences
  • Walking to the door, I found it locked and ad to sneak in the bathroom window, prying it open with a screwdriver form the garage.
  • It's not like a screwdriver, which you at least can use to pry a paint can open.
  • Hackers move to pry such systems open and apart.
Synonyms
lever, jimmy, prize;
wrench, wrest, twist
1.1 (pry something out of/from) Obtain something from (someone) with effort or difficulty: I got the loan, though I had to pry it out of him
More example sentences
  • More amusingly, a Simon flack briefly attempted to ban me from the campaign after my latest efforts to pry answers out of his blandly evasive candidate.
  • A ‘sustaining myth of journalism,’ as Epstein wrote 30 years ago in Commentary about the book All the President's Men, holds that reporters pry secrets out of government.
  • I don't think we need to pry answers out of our children.
Synonyms
wring, wrest, worm out, screw, squeeze, extract, prize;
British winkle out

Origin

early 19th century: from the verb prize2, interpreted as pries, third person singular of the present tense.

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