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crowbar

[kroh-bahr] /ˈkroʊˌbɑr/
noun
1.
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.
2.
to pry open, loosen, etc., with a crowbar:
We had to crowbar a window to get in.
Origin of crowbar
1740-1750
1740-50, Americanism; crow1 + bar1; so called because one end was beak-shaped
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  • Finally we had to dig out the crowbar and I went to work on the top.

    Arm of the Law Harry Harrison
  • Csar was gitting as straight as a crowbar and as grim as a gannet.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • Why had Worth gone to the shed hunting a crowbar to open the door?

  • You use a crowbar when you want to raise a heavy object such as a rock.

    Common Science Carleton W. Washburne
  • Heyst yelled to the Chinaman, who was running with the crowbar in his hand.

    Victory Joseph Conrad
  • And then, do you see me walking about with a crowbar in my hand?

    Victory Joseph Conrad
British Dictionary definitions for crowbar

crowbar

/ˈkrəʊˌbɑː/
noun
1.
a heavy iron lever with one pointed end, and one forged into a wedge shape
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Word Origin and History for crowbar
n.

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."

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