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Pry (?), n. [Corrupted fr. prize a lever. See Prize, n.]

A lever; also, leverage.

[Local, U. S. & Eng.]

Pry pole, the pole which forms the prop of a hoisting gin, and stands facing the windlass.


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Pry, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pried (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Prying.]

To raise or move, or attempt to raise or move, with a pry or lever; to prize.

[Local, U. S. & Eng.]


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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."


Watch thou and wake when others be asleep, To pry into the secrets of the state. Shak.


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Pry, n.

Curious inspection; impertinent peeping.


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