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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.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)extort, wring from

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