noun, plural jim·mies.
a short crowbar.
a large male crab, especially of Chesapeake Bay.
verb (used with object), jim·mied, jim·my·ing.
to force open (a door, window, etc.) with a jimmy: The burglar got in by jimmying the back door.
Also especially British
Origin of jimmy1
generic use of Jimmy
; cf. jack1
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Examples from the Web for jimmying
Historical Examples of jimmying
He was caught before he had succeeded in 'jimmying' the door, so that the letter must have been delivered at the Collins house.
Finally, he said, "Do you know what the penalty is for jimmying the Tabulator to influence voting?"
British Dictionary definitions for jimmying
noun, verb plural -mies or -mies, -mying or -mied
Central Scot slang an informal term of address to a male stranger
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Word Origin and History for jimmying
"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).
1893, from jimmy (n.). Related: Jimmied; jimmying.
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