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

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Recent Examples on the Web Among the top-level results – again, probably not a revelation to parents who practically need a crowbar to get their kids off YouTube – is that online video usage is going through the roof and has more than doubled in four years. Edward C. Baig, USA TODAY, "Too much YouTube? Online video usage among teens is going through the roof, survey says," 29 Oct. 2019 Additional calls came in about five minutes later reporting that was threatening his mother with an object police described as a crowbar. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, "Family of man killed by Walnut Creek police files civil claim, says officers knew he suffered from mental illness," 14 June 2019 There, police said, Sikes struck Guillen with the crowbar during the initial confrontation at the bench. oregonlive, "3 men arrested in chase with a crowbar near Hillsboro’s Orenco Station," 31 Aug. 2019 After getting a search warrant for Coughman's truck, officers searched it Thursday afternoon and found a yellow crowbar and cans of black spray paint. CBS News, "Former NFL player accused of staging racially motivated burglary," 15 Sep. 2019 His helmet and a crowbar were the only other Rescue 5 items recovered. Scott Harrison, Los Angeles Times, "From the Archives: After 9/11, photographer Gary Friedman remembers his coverage of Rescue 5," 10 Sep. 2019 McWhinney additionally recommends supplementing your camping gear with a week's worth of necessary medications, a few tools (such as a crowbar), cash, a local map and maybe a thumb drive holding scans of important documents. Mary Forgione,, "Packing an emergency kit? Think about using your camping gear," 12 July 2019 Investigators say suspects Devon Erickson, 18, and Alec McKinney, 16, used cocaine at Erickson’s house before hacking into his parents’ gun safe with an ax and crowbar. Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY, "Police: Suspects in Denver STEM shooting were high on coke, carried guns in guitar case," 9 May 2019 Agents reportedly used crowbars to force open the front door of the seven-story Upper East Side mansion. Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY, "Inside Jeffrey Epstein's New York mansion: 'Vast trove' of lewd photos, a life-size doll and other oddities," 10 July 2019

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First Known Use of crowbar

1748, in the meaning defined above

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19 Nov 2019

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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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