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prie

[pree] /pri/
noun, verb (used with object), Scot. and North England
1.
pree.

pry1

[prahy] /praɪ/
verb (used without object), pried, prying.
1.
to inquire impertinently or unnecessarily into something:
to pry into the personal affairs of others.
2.
to look closely or curiously; peer; peep.
noun, plural pries.
3.
an impertinently inquisitive person.
4.
an act of prying.
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English pryen, prien < ?

pry2

[prahy] /praɪ/
verb (used with object), pried, prying.
1.
to move, raise, or open by leverage.
2.
to get, separate, or ferret out with difficulty:
to pry a secret out of someone; We finally pried them away from the TV.
noun, plural pries.
3.
a tool, as a crowbar, for raising, moving, or opening something by leverage.
4.
the leverage exerted.
Origin
1800-10; back formation from prize3, taken as a plural noun or 3rd person singular verb
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Examples for pries
  • The blood enters the mosquito's gut, where the virus pries open the gut cells and makes copies of itself.
  • The alarm is sent to the central office the minute anyone pries or breaks the window.
  • As the host bleeds, the microbe pulls fragments of hemoglobin into its interior and pries the iron atoms free.
  • Ledger trots his horse over to the playback monitor and pries the helmet from his head.
  • Now he gets his knife and pries the plastic away from the blade.
  • The whelk pries the clam open with its muscular foot, wedges the clam open with its shell, then eats the soft inside of the clam.
British Dictionary definitions for pries

pry1

/praɪ/
verb pries, prying, pried
1.
(intransitive) often foll by into. to make an impertinent or uninvited inquiry (about a private matter, topic, etc)
noun (pl) pries
2.
the act of prying
3.
a person who pries
Word Origin
C14: of unknown origin

pry2

/praɪ/
verb pries, prying, pried
1.
to force open by levering
2.
(US & Canadian) to extract or obtain with difficulty they had to pry the news out of him
Equivalent term (in Britain and other countries) prise
Word Origin
C14: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for pries
pry
"look inquisitively," 1307, from prien "to peer in," of unknown origin, perhaps from O.E. bepriwan "to wink."
pry
"raise by force," 1823 (originally also a noun, "an instrument for prying, a crowbar"), alteration of prize (as though it were a plural) in obsolete sense of "lever" (c.1300), from O.Fr. prise "a taking hold, grasp" (see prize (n.2)).
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