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    Default pry open her window?

    The patient is psychotic after her twin sister passed away, she did lots of crazy things, so the doctor is saying to Melinda like this.
    What does "pry open her window" mean as a figurative meaning?

    -ghost whisperer
    doctor- I want her to learn to take responsibility for her actions. She's not dangerous. She just wanted something to pry open her window with.
    mel- Um... sure.


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    Default Re: pry open her window?

    'Pry' means to use a tool to force something (such as a window or a door)
    open, when opening it in the usual way is difficult or impossible.

    If the patient is psychotic, her window has probably been locked or
    sealed so it could not be easily opened.

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    Default Re: pry open her window?

    Quote Originally Posted by bwkcaj_ca View Post
    'Pry' means to use a tool to force something (such as a window or a door)
    open, when opening it in the usual way is difficult or impossible.

    If the patient is psychotic, her window has probably been locked or
    sealed so it could not be easily opened.
    This is the line about the background, she stole a letter opener from an antique shop, and the shop's owner, Melinda, the star of the drama, visits the hospital and talks like this. I'm not sure if it's really a figurative meaning or a physical meaning as you said. I'm all confused.

    -ghost whisperer

    Doctor- I was afraid you might file a complaint with the police.
    Mel- No, i was just... worried, actually.
    Doctor- I wonder if you wouldn't mind. I'd like to create an opportunity for natalie to make amends to you for what she did.Call it a sort of therapeutic intervention. I want her to learn to take responsibility for her actions. She's not dangerous. She just wanted something to pry open her window with.
    Mel- Um... sure.
    Doctor-Natalie? I'm sure you remember Ms. Gordon. She runs the antique store that you took the letter opener from. Is there something you'd like to say to her?
    Natalie- I'm sorry.
    her dead twin- So i see you decided to grace us with your presence after all.
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    Default Re: pry open her window?

    I don't think it's figurative or metaphorical. I think the doctor is saying that she is not dangerous even though recently she tried to pry open the window of her room with something.

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    Default Re: pry open her window?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I don't think it's figurative or metaphorical. I think the doctor is saying that she is not dangerous even though recently she tried to pry open the window of her room with something.
    Thinking from your perspective, I think you are right. Millions of thanks for your kind answer!!!

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    Default Re: pry open her window?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I don't think it's figurative or metaphorical. I think the doctor is saying that she is not dangerous even though recently she tried to pry open the window of her room with something.
    Or, even though she stole a knife.
    I think a psychotic person stealing a knife would be more of an indication of possible danger than trying to pry open her own window.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Or, even though she stole a knife.
    I think a psychotic person stealing a knife would be more of an indication of possible danger than trying to pry open her own window.
    If, in fact, she did steal a knife! If she only stole a thin piece of wood or a spoon in order to attempt to pry open her window, I'd think her much less dangerous.

    Having said that, I'd love to see the newspaper headline "Psychotic killer goes on rampage with a spoon"!

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    Default Re: pry open her window?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    If, in fact, she did steal a knife! If she only stole a thin piece of wood or a spoon in order to attempt to pry open her window, I'd think her much less dangerous.

    Having said that, I'd love to see the newspaper headline "Psychotic killer goes on rampage with a spoon"!
    I think most letter openers are knife-shaped. I haven't seen the TV show, but my understanding is that Melinda, the shop owner, would be more worried about her having stolen the kn ... er letter-opener.

    I'd love to see the newspaper headline "Psychotic killer loses keys: tries to gain access to her own house through a window!"

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