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pry off

1. Literally, to remove something from some surface with the force of a lever. A noun or pronoun can be used between "pry" and "off." I tried to pry the bolts off this panel with a crowbar, but they wouldn't budge. We'll have to pry off the pieces that have become fused to the dashboard.
2. By extension, to separate someone from someone else with the use of great physical force. A noun or pronoun can be used between "pry" and "off." Jake and Elsa were being so gross kissing in the hallway like that, so I went over and pried him off her. I had to go over and pry off fans as the movie star made his way to his car.
See also: off, pry
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

pry something off (of) something

 and pry something off
to use a lever to get something off something. (Of is usually retained before pronouns.) Tom pried the top off the jelly jar. He pried off the jar top.
See also: off, pry
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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References in classic literature ?
They pried off the lid with their shovels, got out the body and dumped it rudely on the ground.
The typhoon flattened huts, toppled trees and electric posts and pried off galvanized iron sheets like pieces of paper in Baggao and the nearby towns of Alcala, Amulung, Gattaran and Lal-lo.
Early in an engine's existence, they can be pried off without too much trouble.
There was no locking arrangement, but lids were usually so tight they needed to be pried off, or in some instances', so loose they had to be wrapped with a rubber band to keep from spilling cartridges.
Stereolithography is typically a stop-and-start process--the object being printed sticks to the bottom of whatever vessel it's in and must be pried off after each flash of light.
The felons even pried off a surveillance camera bolted to a tree there, cut the security cable, and stole the camera.
Those have to be pried off, and that's where some people get into trouble.
Fortunately, he received a phone call from the competitor of that company who inquired if he could, make the thread protectors and design them so they could be pried off in the field without using tools.
Whether the artwork was pried off the all from a dilapidated building, purchased directly from the artist, performed in front on an intimate crowd of 10 people or taken from the trunk of a fledging art dealer in the streets of SoHo, many of the works presented in “Discerning Eyes” have never been seen by the general public until now.
Bulky carports tacked onto exquisite baroque and neo-classic faAaAaAeAoades; ancient multi-colored retablos varnished a slathered with cheap gold paint or (horrors!) automotive paint; azulejos pried off and replaced with common beige marble; atmospheric capiz windows junked for "stained glass" panels of resin--the list goes on.
However, it was still possible to read the message: "Break This Bottle." When the rubber stopper was pried off, a note was found inside.
After doing an investigation we would find a lid pried off somewhere and the trashcan contents fully eaten.
When he pried off the watch's face, pulled off the hands, and turned it over to see the brass underside of the movement, he found the legendary message.