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)[with object] chiefly North American
- 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.
- 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.
Early 19th century: from the verb prize2, interpreted as pries, third person singular of the present tense.
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