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[kroh-bahr] /ˈkroʊˌbɑr/

Also called crow. a steel bar, usually flattened and slightly bent at one or both ends, used as a lever.
verb (used with object), crowbarred, crowbarring.
to pry open, loosen, etc., with a crowbar:
We had to crowbar a window to get in.
a heavy iron lever with one pointed end, and one forged into a wedge shape

1748, with bar (n.1), earlier simply crow (c.1400); so called from its “beak” or from resemblance to a crow’s foot; or possibly it is from crows, from Old French cros, plural of croc “hook.”


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