crow-barred

crowbar

[kroh-bahr]
noun
1.
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.
2.
to pry open, loosen, etc., with a crowbar: We had to crowbar a window to get in.

Origin:
1740–50, Americanism; crow1 + bar1; so called because one end was beak-shaped

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crowbar (ˈkrəʊˌbɑː)
 
n
a heavy iron lever with one pointed end, and one forged into a wedge shape

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crowbar
1748, with bar (1), earlier simply crow (c.1400); so called from its "beak," or from resemblance to a crow's foot, or possibly from crows, from O.Fr. cros, pl. of croc "hook."
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