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jemmy

[jem-ee] /ˈdʒɛm i/
verb (used with object), jemmied, jemmying.
1.
jimmy1 .
noun, plural jemmies.
2.
jimmy1 .
3.
Slang. an overcoat.
4.
the baked head of a sheep.
Origin
1745-1755
1745-55
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British Dictionary definitions for jemmy

jemmy

/ˈdʒɛmɪ/
noun (pl) -mies
1.
a short steel crowbar used, esp by burglars, for forcing doors and windows
verb -mies, -mying, -mied
2.
(transitive) to prise (something) open with a jemmy
Word Origin
C19: from the pet name for James
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Word Origin and History for jemmy

Jemmy

a popular pet form of the masc. proper name James (in Middle English records, Gemme, Jemme are more common than Jimme). In mid-18c. often associated with effeminacy and male fastidiousness. As "a crowbar" from 1811.

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