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  Definition of pry
  1. a heavy iron lever with one end forged into a wedge
  2. be nosey; "Don''t pry into my personal matters!"
  3. to move or force, especially in an effort to get something open; "The burglar jimmied the lock", "Raccoons managed to pry the lid off the garbage pail"
  4. make an uninvited or presumptuous inquiry; "They pried the information out of him"
  5. search or inquire in a meddlesome way; "This guy is always nosing around the office"
Similar Words: crowbar, wrecking bar, pry bar, prise, prize, lever, jimmy, nose, poke

 

See Also: sniff out, scent out, smell out, nose out

 

Hyponyms: jim crow, jimmy, jemmy

 

Entailments: loosen, loose

 

Derivational Morphology: prise, prize, lever, jimmy, nosiness, prying, snoopiness, jemmy, leverage, purchase, crowbar, wrecking bar, pry bar, nose

 

 
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