pry (something) out of (someone or something)(redirected from pry them out of)
pry (something) out of (someone or something)
1. Literally, to remove something out of some place or thing with the force of a lever. A noun or pronoun is used between "pry" and "out of." I tried to pry the bolts out of the panel with a crowbar, but they wouldn't budge. We'll have to pry the rocks out of the opening to the pipe in order to stop the drainage ditch from overflowing again.
2. To compel someone to turn over some piece of information; to obtain some information from someone with great force or difficulty. I finally pried an apology out of Sarah for what she had done. The cops have been trying to pry the location of the gang's hideout out of the thug they arrested.
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