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jimmy1

[jim-ee] /ˈdʒɪm i/
noun, plural jimmies.
1.
a short crowbar.
2.
a large male crab, especially of Chesapeake Bay.
verb (used with object), jimmied, jimmying.
3.
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
1840-1850
1840-50; generic use of Jimmy; cf. jack1
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  • Finally, he said, "Do you know what the penalty is for jimmying the Tabulator to influence voting?"

    The House from Nowhere Arthur G. Stangland
  • He was caught before he had succeeded in 'jimmying' the door, so that the letter must have been delivered at the Collins house.

British Dictionary definitions for jimmying

jimmy

/ˈdʒɪmɪ/
noun, verb (pl) -mies -mies, -mying, -mied
1.
the US word for jemmy

Jimmy

/ˈdʒɪmɪ/
noun
1.
(Central Scot, slang) an informal term of address to a male stranger
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Word Origin and History for jimmying

jimmy

n.

"burglar's crowbar," 1848, variant of jemmy, name for a type of crowbar much used by burglars, special use of Jemmy, familiar form of proper name James (also see jack).

v.

1893, from jimmy (n.). Related: Jimmied; jimmying.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for jimmying

jimmy

noun

A condom: That's right, condom fashions, with small pockets for what kids call jimmys (1990s+ Teenagers)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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