- a short crowbar.
- a large male crab, especially of Chesapeake Bay.
- to force open (a door, window, etc.) with a jimmy: The burglar got in by jimmying the back door.
Also especially British, jemmy.
Origin of jimmy1
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Examples from the Web for jimmying
He was caught before he had succeeded in 'jimmying' the door, so that the letter must have been delivered at the Collins house.The Substitute Prisoner
Finally, he said, "Do you know what the penalty is for jimmying the Tabulator to influence voting?"The House from Nowhere
Arthur G. Stangland
- the US word for jemmy
- Central Scot slang an informal term of address to a male stranger
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Word Origin and History for jimmying
1893, from jimmy (n.). Related: Jimmied; jimmying.
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