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verb pry pronunciation in British English /praɪ/
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present tense
I/you/we/theypry
he/she/itpries
present participleprying
past tensepried
past participlepried
  1. 1
    [intransitive] to be interested in someones personal life in a way that is annoying or offensive
    I just glanced at the letter; I didn’t mean to pry.
    pry into: The press continues to pry into their affairs.
    prying eyes (=people who pry): They couldn’t conceal the information from prying eyes.
  2. 2
    [transitive] mainly American to force something open or away from something
    pry something open/off/away etc: Try prying the lid off with a spoon.

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