pry

1 [prahy]
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; Middle English pryen, prien < ?

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pry

2 [prahy]
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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pry1 (praɪ)
 
vb (often foll by into) , pries, prying, pried
1.  to make an impertinent or uninvited inquiry (about a private matter, topic, etc)
 
n , pries, prying, pried, pries
2.  the act of prying
3.  a person who pries
 
[C14: of unknown origin]

pry2 (praɪ)
 
vb , 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
 
[C14: of unknown origin]

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Word Origin & History

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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Example sentences
The bubbles then pry open the barrier at specific points targeted by the ultrasound beam.
To pry open the third eye, or squeegee it clean if you will anyways.
The birds' job was to find bits of cheese hidden in film canisters, then pry open the lids to get the food out.
When the two move forward and pry it open, their exhilaration quickly turns to disappointment.
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