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jimmy1

[jim-ee]
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noun, plural jim·mies.
  1. a short crowbar.
  2. a large male crab, especially of Chesapeake Bay.
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verb (used with object), jim·mied, jim·my·ing.
  1. to force open (a door, window, etc.) with a jimmy: The burglar got in by jimmying the back door.
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Also especially British, jemmy.

Origin of jimmy1

1840–50; generic use of Jimmy; cf. jack1
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Examples from the Web for jimmying

Historical Examples

  • 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

    Max Marcin

  • Finally, he said, "Do you know what the penalty is for jimmying the Tabulator to influence voting?"

    The House from Nowhere

    Arthur G. Stangland


British Dictionary definitions for jimmying

jimmy

noun, verb plural -mies or -mies, -mying or -mied
  1. the US word for jemmy
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Jimmy

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).

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jimmy

v.

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

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