crow·​bar ˈkrō-ˌbär How to pronounce crowbar (audio)
: an iron or steel bar that is usually wedge-shaped at the working end for use as a pry or lever
crowbar transitive verb

Examples of crowbar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The suspect’s hoodie, ski mask, pants, gloves and Air Jordan shoes were all black, and the person was armed with a crowbar. Harriet Ramos, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 11 May 2024 The crowbar found in the garage was 20 inches in length and heavy, documents noted. Jose R. Gonzalez, The Arizona Republic, 19 Mar. 2024 In the civil suit, the Smith family’s lawyers said Taranto handed a cane or a crowbar to the other man, David Walls-Kaufman. Emily Davies, Washington Post, 29 June 2023 Cureton allegedly broke in to the 82-year-old woman's home by shattering the door with a crowbar, LMPD spokesperson Matthew Sanders said. Leo Bertucci, The Courier-Journal, 9 Jan. 2024 So people break in and know where to focus their efforts, using basic tools like a crowbar. Ingrid Schmidt, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 Feb. 2024 The rioters overturned wagons, armed themselves with pickaxes and crowbars, and pried up paving stones. David Owen, The New Yorker, 2 Jan. 2024 Police said the gas station’s ATM had been tampered with, and investigators found a crowbar at the scene. Michael Brice-Saddler, Washington Post, 21 Jan. 2024 The film uses the politics of hatred to flaunt a repudiation of the cinematic and cultural norms of the independent-film scene while also using those politics as a crowbar to force its way to prominence in it. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 5 Dec. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

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 26 May. 2024.

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crow·​bar ˈkrō-ˌbär How to pronounce crowbar (audio)
: a metal bar used as a lever or pry

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