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.

1740–50, Americanism; crow1 + bar1; so called because one end was beak-shaped Unabridged
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crowbar (ˈkrəʊˌbɑː)
a heavy iron lever with one pointed end, and one forged into a wedge shape

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Word Origin & History

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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Example sentences
While bullets ricocheted around them, a gunner improvised a second tourniquet
  using a crowbar and field dressing.
The blaze out, the firemen threw aside their hose and pried open the door with
  a crowbar.
He drops the crowbar that he had slipped from his pants and holds his palms out
If the crowbar is easily handled, without feeling heat or discomfort, the hay
  in that area has not heated yet.
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