Definition of crowbar in English:



  • An iron bar with a flattened end, used as a lever.

    • ‘Of course, someone would have to use a crowbar to lever me away from my computer these days but for the vast majority who hate computers this should be a blessing.’
    • ‘They then went to work with crowbars and a sledgehammer on the wood boarding up the windows.’
    • ‘For days together, the trenches remain open, getting deeper and wider every night as groups of workers go about their task with hammers, pick axes, crowbars and shovels.’
    • ‘I don't think Friday's incident was a serious attempt to break into the shop as they had just used a crowbar to jemmy the shutters apart.’
    • ‘For this you will need a hammer, pry-bar, putty knife, screwdriver, crowbar, ladder and saw.’
    • ‘The car slammed to a stop and four young men piled out, one with a baseball bat, another with a crowbar or tire iron.’
    • ‘The eight-member team used a sniffer dog, drills, chain saws and crowbars to pull Tariq free.’
    • ‘Tools with cutting edges, bludgeons, crowbars, hammers, saws and drills will continue to be prohibited, along with any tool that is more than seven inches long.’
    • ‘So we eventually ended up getting the man who operates the tile cutters to come in; two crowbars and some very sharp knives and some very big blokes to hang off the end of the crowbars to get the leverage off.’
    • ‘After you've cut around the opening, pry the roofing materials loose with a crowbar and hammer; save asphalt shingles to use for patching around the skylight.’
    • ‘It was forced off by either a crowbar or a jemmy and it must have been difficult to get off.’
    • ‘We armed ourselves with axes, crowbars, jemmies, metal poles, sledge hammers, a quart of paraffin and box of matches.’
    • ‘It looked like someone had used a blowtorch and a crowbar and it prompted concerns that they may try to do so again.’
    • ‘She had the crowbar in both hands and was trying to lever apart a wide slat at the point where it was joined to the bottom of the crate.’
    • ‘Narrow access roads, swamps and paddy fields surrounding the disaster site made it difficult for rescue teams to bring in heavy equipment, forcing them to use hammers and crowbars to try to reach the trapped victims.’
    • ‘He thought the thieves had used a crowbar or chisel-type instrument to force a rear door at the school and possibly tampered with an outdoor security light.’
    bar, handspike, jemmy
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  • with object and complement Use a crowbar to open (something)

    ‘he crowbarred the box open’
    • ‘Although much of what he has to say is unsubtly crowbarred in at the end of the film, it is enough to ensure that a multitude of thoughts and opinions linger long after the film has ended.’
    • ‘So, henceforth I shall be crowbarring myself out of bed at 5am and going off to work, while wifey's still pushing out the Zzzs.’
    • ‘He finds another in the garage, a wall closet obscured behind a mammoth fallen vending machine wedged against the wall, which he crowbars free with the metal frame of his backpack.’
    • ‘Revenge is a by-the-book sequel, crowbarring in all of the memorable features of the first movie, spicing them up with even more ludicrous ultra violence and adding a few new twists to the tale.’
    • ‘But we have been crowbarred into this idea that you must pick your path and stick to it.’
    • ‘Yvette carried herself with a confidence that shop assistants recognised, and the bright red umbrella opened doors that the Wife and I previously couldn't have crowbarred open.’
    • ‘Since they refused to give up, they cheekily smashed their way through our front door and attempted to crowbar their way into one of the downstairs rooms.’
    • ‘But it leaves the reader with the sense of encountering an assortment of clever ideas that have been crowbarred together into something that doesn't work as a book.’
    • ‘More often than not scenes feel forced and clunky, as the characters none too subtly have to crowbar in the next crucial revelation, or narrative device.’
    • ‘On top of that I wrote another two scenes of my sitcom yesterday, and managed to crowbar in a reference to penguins.’
    • ‘He is not out to crowbar society out of complacency.’
    • ‘He was seen trying to crowbar the front door open but failed.’
    • ‘Michelle wondered how to crowbar this conversation around from their usual brand of easy banter to something with a little more bite.’