pry up

pry up

To open or remove something by raising it upward with the force of a lever. A noun or pronoun can be used between "pry" and "up." The top of the crate is nailed shut, so we'll have to pry it up. Let's pry up these old floorboards so we can replace them with new ones.
See also: pry, up

pry something up

to raise something with or as with a lever. See if you can pry that trapdoor up. Pry up that lid.
See also: pry, up
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If your decking is nailed down, just pry up the boards.
Position the hole over the nail and use the surrounding shield as a fulcrum to pry up the nail.
Just pry up a little bit on the surrounding shingles to remove the nails that hold down the damaged one.
Hold that part of the tire away from the wheel and use a second screwdriver to pry up another section.
TIP: Mitered window and door casings are often nailed together at the corners, so you have to slip your pry bar under the mitered cut and pry up the joined pieces at the same time.