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

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
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Pry them off. While you have the old grips off, take advantage of the opportunity to blow out any dust bunnies that might be present, and perhaps even get a cleaning brush in there to scrub out packed-on layers of lint.
Often you can pull off pieces with your hands or pry them off with your cutting tool.
If the moldings are stuck on with paint, slice the painted joint loose with a sharp utility knife before you pry them off. Pull out the lower sash and remove the sash cords from the grooves, being careful to lower the weights gently if they're still attached.
This failing, she then tried to pry them off with a screwdriver.