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pryverb

uk   /praɪ/ us   /praɪ/
  • 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).
(Definition of pry from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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pryverb

us   /prɑɪ/
  • pry verb (OPEN)

[T always + adv/prep] to open, move, or lift something by putting one end of a tool under it and pushing down on the other end: She pried the oyster open.
[T always + adv/prep] fig. To pry is also to get something with much effort: They pried the information out of him.
  • pry verb (ASK QUESTIONS)

[I] to try to obtain private facts about a person: Reporters were prying into her personal life.
(Definition of pry from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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