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Paul Pry

A nosy, meddlesome person. The phrase refers to the title character of a 19th-century play by John Poole. Come on, Paul Pry, stop asking so many questions about my personal life!
See also: Paul, pry

pry out

1. Literally, to extract or remove something from something else with great force, especially with the use of a lever. A noun or pronoun can be used between "pry" and "out." I had to pry out all the rusty nails with the claw end of a hammer before we could begin repairing the damage to the fence. The sheriff pried the gun out of the suspect's hands.
2. To obtain or extract something, especially information, from someone with great effort, difficulty, or persistence. A noun or pronoun can be used between "pry" and "out." I had to pry the answer out of her when I asked where she had been. It was only after the judge threatened to charge him with contempt of court that his testimony was pried out of him.
See also: out, pry

pry around

to sneak or prowl around looking for something. Why are you prying around? Mind your own business! Please don't pry around. You might find out something you don't want to know.
See also: around, pry

pry into something

to snoop into something; to get into someone else's business. Why are you prying into my affairs all the time? I wish you wouldn't pry into my personal life.
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pry something from someone

 and pry something out of someone
to work information out of someone; to force someone to reveal information. I couldn't even pry her name from her. The police tried to pry the name of the killer out of Max.
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pry something from something

 and pry something out (of something)
to remove something from something with or as if with a lever. See if you can pry this wedge from its slot. I pried the rotted board out of the side of the house.
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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

pry something out

(of something) Go to pry something from something.
See also: out, pry

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

pry out

1. To extract something with or as if with a lever: I pried out the staples from the thick report. They pried the microphone out of my hands to stop me from singing.
2. To obtain something from someone with effort or difficulty: The detectives finally pried a confession out of the suspect. They kept questioning me until they had pried out all the information.
See also: out, pry
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First, we should remove the plastic rod with pry tool and then we can take out the flex cable with tweezers
They wear protective vests, carry pepper spray and radios, along with keys and pry bars.
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From this extremely precarious position, bypass the push/pull component completely and move right to the pry.
Bachmann said that Pry concentrated on what he considers the four essentials of leadership: people, processes, products and metrics.
Narrator C: Outside the Pry home, a wounded General Hooker arrives in a horse-drawn ambulance.
Working in partnership with local township and state regulatory agency officials, all the required state, county and township approvals are in final review; and the land is once again ready for productive use," said David Pry, environmental consultant.
Forty years ago German moral theologian Bernard Haring wrote that "reverence and love forbid us to pry into the intimate life of our neighbor, or to divulge secrets revealed to us.
Online scammers try to pry passwords from you by sending you e-mail claiming to be representatives of your online service provider.
It is no great trick for a lively mind to try to pry up a rock with a long stick and to find that it works better if another, smaller rock is placed under the stick to give the stick something to push against.
Pry large rootballs apart with two pitchforks placed back to back as shown in the photographs above.
Pry joins Roetzel as an associate attorney, focusing on real estate transactional law and finance.
Dr Peter Pry, a former CIA officer, made his presumption based on a leaked government study by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
Fe wnaeth hefyd adrodd ei hanes yn pysgota yn ystod y saithdegau, ac yn cymryd dyrnaid o figwyn (Sphagnum moss) a'i roi yn y tun hefo'r pry genwair (llyngyr daear neu fwydod) er mwyn clirio'r pry genwair cyn eu rhoi ar y bach.
It's not much easier on cold days--frozen shingles break in two if you pry them up too far.