crowbar

[ kroh-bahr ]
/ ˈkroʊˌbɑr /

noun

Also called crow. a steel bar, usually flattened and slightly bent at one or both ends, used as a lever.

verb (used with object), crow·barred, crow·bar·ring.

to pry open, loosen, etc., with a crowbar: We had to crowbar a window to get in.

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Origin of crowbar

1740–50, Americanism; crow1 + bar1; so called because one end was beak-shaped
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British Dictionary definitions for crowbar

crowbar
/ (ˈkrəʊˌbɑː) /

noun

a heavy iron lever with one pointed end, and one forged into a wedge shape
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