transitive verbprised, pris′ing
- (obsolete) An enterprise.
- Obsolete form of prize.
(third-person singular simple present prises, present participle prising, simple past and past participle prised)
- To force (open) with a lever; to pry.
- 1919: I think he must have been trying to prise open that box yonder when he was attacked. "” Sax Rohmer, The Quest of the Sacred Slipper
- c. 1925: Come, force the gates with crowbars, prise them apart! "” Jack Lindsay, translation of Lysistrata
- 2004: Most people used pliers, scissors, rubber gloves and knives to try to prise open products. "” BBC News