pry off

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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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When authorities arrived at the scene, they found Harrouff on one of the alleged victims and said it took several officers and a K-9 to pry him off. Harrouff was said to be "abnormally strong" and was unaffected by a Taser authorities initially used to get him off of the victim.
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