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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Ahmad Noorani, a reporter who dared to write about the army’s role in politics, was ambushed by unknown assailants on a busy street in the capital, Islamabad, and beaten almost to death with a crowbar. The Economist, "The global gag on free speech is tightening," 15 Aug. 2019 Tears rolled down her cheeks as the whirring of chain saws and the pops of crowbars echoed through the forest. Los Angeles Times, "In a battle over land, a Brazilian homestead is demolished," 2 Aug. 2019 As robbery detectives continued Monday to investigate that home-invasion attack, a burglar allegedly bludgeoned a 72-year-old homeowner with a crowbar outside the victim’s home on Kesling Street in Clairemont. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, "SDPD arrests 2 in Clairemont home-invasion attack of 87-year-old man," 29 July 2019 The victim drove to his home in the 5000 block of Kesling Street following an outing and saw an unidentified heavyset intruder in ski goggles trying to force entry with the crowbar about 9:30 a.m., according to San Diego police. Pomerado News, "Elderly man beaten; Poway resident in custody," 29 July 2019 Monday’s attack happened about 9:45 a.m. when the victim drove up to his home on Kesling Street to find a burglar trying to break into his garage with a crowbar, San Diego police Officer Dino Delimitros said. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Burglar beats man, 72, with crowbar; 2nd elderly Clairemont man attacked in 5 days," 29 July 2019 Bookended to the west by the Frick Collection on Fifth Avenue and the 1810 St. James’ Church just across Madison Avenue in the east, is not usually the kind of place that FBI agents use a crowbar to access. Ben Widdicombe, Town & Country, "The Secret History of Jeffrey Epstein's New York Townhouse," 10 July 2019 Both teens used a crowbar to open the safe completely and retrieve the ammunition and four guns that had been stored inside: a .22-caliber rifle, a Glock 21 handgun, a 9mm Beretta pistol and a revolver. Elise Schmelzer, The Denver Post, "STEM School shooting suspect told police he targeted specific students; teens used cocaine before attack, affidavit says," 20 June 2019 Upon arrival, visitors pick from a small armory of blunt weapons — sledgehammers, shovels, crowbars, a surprisingly sturdy furniture leg — to demolish the inventory of beer bottles, old TVs and tables. Phillip Valys,, "Breaking news (literally): I smashed a toaster at Wreck It Ft Laudy and it felt so good | SummerTimeOut," 3 July 2019

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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 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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