September 25, 2014 - Word of the Day: pry
The verb "pry" is used to describe the action of opening something with a lever.
You can use a crowbar as a lever to pry open something that is stuck.
- After struggling for several minutes, Robert finally managed to pry open the supply cabinet.
- He pried it open.
Here are some more examples:
- Rimbi pried open a window to get into his house because he lost his keys.
- You have to pry open the back cover of your cell phone to get at the battery.
- Can you pry this open? I can't get it.
(Notice in the above sentences that the word "open" is often used with "pry.")
You can also use "pry" as a verb when inquiring into a person's private matters:
- Joan's mother often pries into her daughter's journal.
- I don't mean to pry, but why are the police at his house?
- You shouldn't pry into someone else's business. (business = private, personal affairs)
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