crow·​bar | \ˈkrō-ˌbär \

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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After Chandler Belaston was sentenced to 25 years in prison for murdering his father with a machete and crowbar, his mother begged Circuit Judge Debra Nelson for the opportunity to reach out and touch her son. Michael Williams,, "Oviedo man sentenced to 25 years for murdering father with crowbar," 18 May 2018 This is a bit more work than taking a crowbar to a dead hard drive. Rob Pegoraro, USA TODAY, "Ready to ditch your old flash drive? Don't just erase and recycle," 5 July 2018 Members of a large group of protesters set small fires and used bricks and crowbars to smash storefronts. Keith L. Alexander,, "Federal prosecutors dismiss all remaining Inauguration Day rioting cases," 7 July 2018 Had crowbars or sledgehammers been used to loosen the panels from the concrete, they would've broken. Jeff Huebner, Chicago Reader, "What ever happened to the King Memorial Mural at 43rd and Langley?," 24 Apr. 2018 The suspect tried to pry the front door frame open with a crowbar, but failed to get into the building, police said. Ruth Bruno,, "State Police Probe String Of Burglaries In Haddam Area," 27 June 2018 He was struck just above his eye by a crowbar-like tool another firefighter was using after the fire was extinguished, Lt. Christine Dempsey,, "Fairfield FD: Firefighter Hit In Face With Tool At Fire Scene," 29 June 2018 Police used a crowbar to break the shed’s lock and found Elliott in the pit crying. Keith Bierygolick,, "Why did Ohio man hold woman captive in Blanchester shed? An imaginary prostitution ring.," 14 June 2018 When a shelf of stuff he's just saved collapses, Dan breaks down and starts bashing in the door with a crowbar. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "'Roseanne' season finale recap: State of emergency," 22 May 2018

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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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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 \

Kids Definition of crowbar

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

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