Paul pry (paul pry)

noun: an excessively inquisitive person

From a character in the comedic play Paul Pry by John Poole (1786-1872). Earliest documented use: 1826. Also see nosy parker.

Usage (from Wordsmith)
“You must stop me if I begin to ask too much, or sound like an old Paul Pry.”
Molly Gloss; The Jump-Off Creek; Houghton Mifflin; 1989.

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