pry into

pry into
index examine (study), frisk, inquire, peruse, probe, scrutinize, search

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  • pry — [ praı ] verb 1. ) intransitive to be interested in someone s personal life in a way that is annoying or offensive: I just glanced at the letter; I didn t mean to pry. pry into: The press continues to pry into their affairs. prying eyes (=people… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • pry — [praı] v past tense and past participle pried present participle prying third person singular pries [Sense: 1,3; Date: 1300 1400; Origin: Origin unknown] [Sense: 2,4; Date: 1800 1900; Origin: prize to force up (17 21 centuries), from prize lever… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Pry — Pry, v. i. [OE. prien. Cf. {Peer} to peep.] To peep narrowly; to gaze; to inspect closely; to attempt to discover something by a scrutinizing curiosity; often implying reproach. To pry upon the stars. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] Watch thou and wake… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pry — v. 1) (D; intr.) to pry into (to pry into smb. s affairs) 2) (D; tr.) to pry out of (to pry information out of smb.) 3) (N; used with an adjective) they pried the door open USAGE NOTE: For senses two and three, BE uses prise or prize. * * *… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • pry — Synonyms and related words: Paul Pry, Paul Pry, Peeping Tom, backseat driver, bar, beam, beat the bushes, bend the eyes, boom, burrow, busybody, cant hook, claw bar, crank, crow, crowbar, delve, delve into, dig, dig into, direct the eyes,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • pry — UK [praɪ] / US verb Word forms pry : present tense I/you/we/they pry he/she/it pries present participle prying past tense pried past participle pried 1) [intransitive] to be interested in someone s personal life in a way that is annoying or… …   English dictionary

  • pry — I [[t]praɪ[/t]] v. i. pried, pry•ing 1) to inquire impertinently or unnecessarily into something: to pry into the personal affairs of others[/ex] 2) to look closely or curiously; peer • Etymology: 1275–1325; ME pryen, prien, of uncert. orig. II… …   From formal English to slang

  • pry —   Une, ōhiki.   Also: ue, uma, o e, hulā, ina, ine, ho omahiki, ho ohiki, ku u;    ♦ pry open, uwehe.    ♦ To pry limpets loose, ku i opihi.    ♦ To pry into the bad of the past, ōhikihiki.    ♦ To pry into others affairs, onou wale aku nō i kō… …   English-Hawaiian dictionary

  • pry — pry1 /pruy/, v., pried, prying, n., pl. pries. v.i. 1. to inquire impertinently or unnecessarily into something: to pry into the personal affairs of others. 2. to look closely or curiously; peer; peep. n. 3. an impertinently inquisitive person. 4 …   Universalium

  • pry — [praɪ] verb 1) [I] to be interested in someone s personal life in a way that is annoying or offensive I just glanced at the letter; I didn t mean to pry.[/ex] The press continues to pry into their affairs.[/ex] 2) [T] to force something open, or… …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

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