This way and that, and every way at once, he was writhing and pushing and prising and dragging.
Mr. Snow was prising with a rotten rail, and it broke, and he went down in the wet.
prising open a box of cigars, he sniffed it with the suspicion of inexperience and proffered it diffidently to Oakleigh.
The object was to lift the door off the hinges, partly by prising it up with a lever.
After prising open one of the boxes, many rounds of German rifle-cartridges were revealed.
Another is a packing-case opener, such as is used in Covent Garden every day for prising open boxes of fruit.
Working in turns, they succeeded at the end of three hours' work in prising the slab from its bed.
They sat down close to where I lay, and prising out the bung, filled the liquor into their tin cups, and commenced imbibing.
For perhaps half a minute he stood his ground, contenting himself by prising the lurcher's jaws apart.
"reward," prise (c.1300 in this sense), from Old French pris "price, value, worth; reward" (see price (n.)). As an adjective, "worthy of a prize," from 1803. The spelling with -z- is from late 16c. Prize-fighter is from 1703; prize-fight from 1730 (prize-fighter from 1785).
"something taken by force," mid-13c., prise "a taking, holding," from Old French prise "a taking, seizing, holding," noun use of fem. past participle of prendre "to take, seize," from Latin prendere, contraction of prehendere "lay hold of, grasp, seize, catch" (see prehensile). Especially of ships captured at sea (1510s). The spelling with -z- is from late 16c.
"to estimate," 1580s, alteration of Middle English prisen "to prize, value" (late 14c.), from stem of Old French preisier "to praise" (see praise (v.)). Related: Prized; prizing.