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pry

verb uk   /praɪ/ us  

pry verb (ASK QUESTIONS)

[I] disapproving to try to find out private facts about a person: As a reporter, I was paid to pry into other people's lives. I hope you don't think I'm prying, but has your boyfriend ever lived with anyone before? She wanted a private holiday away from prying eyes (= where no one would be trying to see her).

pry verb (OPEN)

[T] mainly US to move or lift something by pressing a tool against a fixed point: [+ adj] The car trunk had been pried open and all her equipment was gone.
(Definition of pry from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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