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English noun: pry

1. pry (artifact) a heavy iron lever with one end forged into a wedge


Synonymscrowbar, pry bar, wrecking bar


Broader (hypernym)lever


Narrower (hyponym)jemmy, jim crow, jimmy


English verb: pry

1. pry (contact) to move or force, especially in an effort to get something open


SamplesThe burglar jimmied the lock.
Raccoons managed to pry the lid off the garbage pail.


Synonymsjimmy, lever, prise, prize


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP


Broader (hypernym)open, open up


Entailloose, loosen

2. pry (communication) be nosey


SamplesDon't pry into my personal matters!.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)ask, enquire, inquire

3. pry (perception) search or inquire in a meddlesome way


SamplesThis guy is always nosing around the office.


Synonymshorn in, intrude, nose, poke


Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)look, search

4. pry (creation) make an uninvited or presumptuous inquiry


SamplesThey pried the information out of him.


Synonymsprise


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)extort, wring from









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