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6 definitions found
 for pry
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Pry \Pry\, v. i. [OE. prien. Cf. Peer to peep.]
     To peep narrowly; to gaze; to inspect closely; to attempt to
     discover something by a scrutinizing curiosity; -- often
     implying reproach. " To pry upon the stars." --Chaucer.
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           Watch thou and wake when others be asleep,
           To pry into the secrets of the state.    --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Pry \Pry\, n.
     Curious inspection; impertinent peeping.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Pry \Pry\, n. [Corrupted fr. prize a lever. See Prize, n.]
     A lever; also, leverage. [Local, U. S. & Eng.]
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     Pry pole, the pole which forms the prop of a hoisting gin,
        and stands facing the windlass.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Pry \Pry\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pried; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Prying.]
     To raise or move, or attempt to raise or move, with a pry or
     lever; to prize. [Local, U. S. & Eng.]
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  pry
      n 1: a heavy iron lever with one end forged into a wedge [syn:
           crowbar, wrecking bar, pry, pry bar]
      v 1: to move or force, especially in an effort to get something
           open; "The burglar jimmied the lock": "Raccoons managed to
           pry the lid off the garbage pail" [syn: pry, prise,
           prize, lever, jimmy]
      2: be nosey; "Don't pry into my personal matters!"
      3: search or inquire in a meddlesome way; "This guy is always
         nosing around the office" [syn: intrude, horn in, pry,
         nose, poke]
      4: make an uninvited or presumptuous inquiry; "They pried the
         information out of him" [syn: pry, prise]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  127 Moby Thesaurus words for "pry":
     Paul Pry, Paul-Pry, Peeping Tom, backseat driver, bar, beam,
     beat the bushes, bend the eyes, boom, burrow, busybody, cant hook,
     claw bar, crank, crow, crowbar, delve, delve into, dig, dig into,
     direct the eyes, disengage, disjoin, divide, eavesdropper, elevate,
     explore, fathom, fool with, forage, frisk, fulcrumage,
     get a foothold, get leverage, go into, go through, gossip,
     handspike, hoist, hunt, indagate, inquirer, inquisitive,
     inquisitor, intermeddle, intermeddler, investigate, iron crow,
     jimmy, kibitz, kibitzer, lever, leverage, lift, limb, look,
     look around, look into, look round, look through, marlinespike,
     meddle, meddle with, meddler, mess with, monkey with, mouse, nose,
     nose around, nosy Parker, outrigger, peavey, pedal, peek, peep,
     peer, peer into, pick up, pinch bar, play peekaboo, plumb, poke,
     poke around, poke into, prier, prize, probe, pry into, querier,
     querist, questioner, quidnunc, raise, rear, research, ripping bar,
     root, rubberneck, rubbernecker, scopophiliac, search, search into,
     search through, separate, sift, sightseer, smell around, snook,
     snoop, snooper, sound, spar, spy, take a peep, take up,
     tamper with, treadle, turn, twist, uphold, uplift, upraise, uprear,
     voyeur, wedge, wrecking bar, yenta
  
  

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