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[kroh-bahr] /ˈkroʊˌbɑr/
Also called crow. a steel bar, usually flattened and slightly bent at one or both ends, used as a lever.
verb (used with object), crowbarred, crowbarring.
to pry open, loosen, etc., with a crowbar:
We had to crowbar a window to get in.
Origin of crowbar
1740-50, Americanism; crow1 + bar1; so called because one end was beak-shaped Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • They will find wretches who will pull down these sacred stones with pick and crowbar!

  • In March, 1812, crowbar and gunpowder began to be busy there.

  • We were paving Park Place and we had to break stone and lay them and shovel dirt and dig with a pick and crowbar.

    Eben Holden Irving Bacheller
  • The only way to open it was to smash it with a crowbar, but it could be emptied.

    David and the Phoenix Edward Ormondroyd
  • Shortly after this the workmen brought matters to an end by cracking the furnace with a crowbar.

    The Planters of Colonial Virginia Thomas J. Wertenbaker
  • There was a silence in which a dropped pin would have made a noise like a crowbar.

    Left Guard Gilbert Ralph Henry Barbour
British Dictionary definitions for crowbar


a heavy iron lever with one pointed end, and one forged into a wedge shape
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for crowbar

1748, with bar (n.1), earlier simply crow (c.1400); so called from its "beak" or from resemblance to a crow's foot; or possibly it is from crows, from Old French cros, plural of croc "hook."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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