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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When pulled over, police found a crowbar, face mask, rope, and handcuffs in his car. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Ted Bundy: Looking Back at the Killing Spree That Landed Him on Death Row," 25 Jan. 2019 In 1981, amid tensions over Japanese exports and the loss of American jobs, members of the United Autoworkers Local 588 of Ford Motor Co. in Chicago Heights, Ill., used sledgehammers and crowbars to destroy a Toyota Corolla. . Peter Landers, WSJ, "The Old U.S. Trade War With Japan Looms Over Today’s Dispute With China," 13 Dec. 2018 Members of a large group of protesters set small fires and used bricks and crowbars to smash storefronts. Washington Post,, "Federal prosecutors dismiss all remaining Inauguration Day rioting cases," 6 July 2018 The door was swollen shut and workers used crowbars to open it. Michael Brice-saddler, The Seattle Times, "Elderly man rescued after spending five days trapped in fire-damaged senior complex," 24 Sep. 2018 Engineers inspecting the building heard him yelling and used a crowbar to pry open his apartment door. Michael Brice-saddler, The Seattle Times, "Elderly man rescued after spending five days trapped in fire-damaged senior complex," 24 Sep. 2018 Any remaining rock would have to be manually removed with a crowbar. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Hoover Dam Changed America—And It Might Do It Again," 27 July 2018 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

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First Known Use of crowbar

1748, in the meaning defined above

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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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