crow·​bar | \ ˈkrō-ˌbär How to pronounce crowbar (audio) \

Definition of crowbar

: an iron or steel bar that is usually wedge-shaped at the working end for use as a pry or lever

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crowbar transitive verb

Examples of crowbar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Reznicek slung a backpack over her shoulder containing a hammer, a crowbar, and a statement the women had composed. Julia Shipley, Rolling Stone, 26 May 2021 Atlanta Police are searching Wednesday for two suspects seen on video destroying a slot machine with a sledgehammer and a crowbar before allegedly making off with its cash box. Greg Norman, Fox News, 15 Sep. 2021 Lanz carried what appeared to be a crowbar inside the home, police wrote. Washington Post, 7 Aug. 2021 Beside that, a rioter with a crowbar smashes in a second door, and then opens it to hundreds of people. New York Times, 31 July 2021 Aitkens took three or four good whacks before there was enough purchase for a crowbar. Colson Whitehead, The New Yorker, 19 July 2021 That prompted the woman the officer encountered to get a crowbar and break windows on her sister’s vehicle. cleveland, 2 July 2021 The video shows Moore get out of his SUV to talk with Olson, who approaches while clutching a crowbar. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Apr. 2021 The intruder, who appeared armed with a crowbar, eventually left and pulled off his mask. Washington Post, 7 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of crowbar

1748, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of crowbar was in 1748

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“Crowbar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of crowbar

: a metal bar that has a thin flat edge at one end and is used to open or lift things


crow·​bar | \ ˈkrō-ˌbär How to pronounce crowbar (audio) \

Kids Definition of crowbar

: a metal bar used as a lever (as for prying things apart)

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