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pry (verb) enquire rudely [into others’ private affairs]

You hate others prying into your affairs, that is, others enquiring about and trying to find information about your private matters. Ill-mannered people pry into their neighbor’s affairs, that is, they are unduly inquisitive about their neighbors’ affairs. They make enquiries trying to gather information about their personal matters.

  • She told her neighbor to mind her business without trying to pry into her affairs. She did not understand why her neighbor should take so much interest in her private matters.
  • The lovers met secretly to be free from the eyes of the people who pry into others’ affairs. They wanted to keep their affair secret for some time, and so did not want any one to see them together, or find out information about their love affair.
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