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 One woman begged for a crowbar, another person appeared to use a saw to cut through the vehicle, and another swung a long, blunt object at the vehicle. Lauren Hernández,, "Two dead in fiery single-vehicle crash on I-80 in San Pablo," 2 Oct. 2020 Armed with a crowbar, a man in a black tank top approached Joslyn Allen on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles just after 2 a.m. on Monday, spewing hateful slurs. Jaclyn Peiser, Washington Post, "L.A. officials blast 'callous’ bystanders who filmed attack on trans YouTube star and her friends," 21 Aug. 2020 To install the replacement, reverse step three, using the crowbar to force the new tire over the wheel. Car and Driver, "Stuff Happens: The Automotive Survival Skills You Need to Get Away," 11 July 2020 Police arrested James Vu, 24, on suspicion of killing another man with a crowbar Tuesday night in the backyard of a west Phoenix home, officials said. Mike Cruz, The Arizona Republic, "Phoenix police arrest man suspected of killing another man with crowbar," 2 Sep. 2020 Joslyn Allen, Jaslene Busanet and Eden Estrada — all social media influencers with sizable followings — report they were hit over their heads with a bottle, threatened with a crowbar and attacked with rocks and an electric scooter. Alexandra Rockey Fleming,, "3 Transgender Women Attacked in Los Angeles While 'Callous' Bystanders Watched and Filmed," 21 Aug. 2020 In a showcase of ninja-like stealth, the bandits are said to have forced open an office door with a crowbar, removed the safe, and exited the museum in a span of just a few minutes, local media reported, according to the Guardian. David Aaro, Fox News, "Thieves sneak in, carry out heist at Japanese ninja museum," 21 Aug. 2020 Callway then allegedly threatened Allen with a crowbar and robbed her. Jaclyn Peiser, Washington Post, "L.A. officials blast 'callous’ bystanders who filmed attack on trans YouTube star and her friends," 21 Aug. 2020 The news organization’s analysis found that 32, or 80%, of the people killed by police were armed with weapons such as guns, knives and in one case a crowbar. oregonlive, "Shots fired: Deadly Portland police encounters reveal troubling patterns," 15 Aug. 2020

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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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13 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Crowbar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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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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