Children's, Intermediate and Advanced Online English Dictionary & Thesaurus

  • Word of the Day
    shyster

    shaI st@r

    noun
    a person, usu. a lawyer, who uses underhanded, unethical methods.
    That shyster accepted her fee for his services but did almost nothing for her.

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  • Vocabulary of the Day
    naysayer

    neI seI @r

    noun
    a person who refuses, denies, or opposes, esp. because of cynicism or pessimism.
    They went ahead with their ambitious plan despite the arguments of the naysayers.

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Jul
24
2013

pry

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pry ²

praI

transitive verb

1. to move, lift, open, or otherwise force, with something that acts as a lever.
example: We pried the door open with a crowbar.

2. to get or obtain only with great difficulty.
example: He could not pry the secrets out of her.

noun

1. a tool that can be used as a lever.

2. the leverage applied by such a tool.