Meaning of “pry” in the English Dictionary

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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)