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"pry" in British English

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pryverb

uk   us   /praɪ/
  • pry verb (ASK QUESTIONS)

[I] disapproving to ​try to ​find out ​privatefacts 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 ​yourboyfriendeverlived with anyone before? She ​wanted a ​privateholiday 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)

"pry" in American English

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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 ​oysteropen. [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 ​obtainprivatefacts about a ​person: Reporters were prying into her ​personallife.
(Definition of pry from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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