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.