Definition of jemmy in English:

jemmy

(also jimmy)

noun

  • A short crowbar used by a burglar to force open a window or door.

    • ‘It is undisputed that the small ‘transom’ window was forced open with a screwdriver or jemmy.’
    • ‘The typical villain doesn't go out after 10 pm in a stripey jersey, carrying a jemmy and a bag with Swag written on it.’
    • ‘He then forced the latch of the window open using a jimmy.’
    • ‘I do own and use a car, but if I have a jemmy, I certainly don't carry it around.’
    • ‘The stereo was gone, the front door was bent open with a jimmy, and all my cds had been taken.’
    • ‘We'll swing by your place and pick up some jimmies and things for you!’
    • ‘We armed ourselves with axes, crowbars, jemmies, metal poles, sledge hammers, a quart of paraffin and box of matches.’
    • ‘A tool, perhaps a jemmy, was used to open a rear door, but the thieves failed to get inside the car.’
    • ‘A jemmy had been used to force the double glazed front door regardless of its five locking points.’
    • ‘For this was the jemmy in the door of national sovereignty.’
    crowbar, bar, handspike, jemmy
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verb

[WITH OBJECT]informal
  • Force open (a window or door) with a jemmy.

    ‘a burglar jemmied his patio doors’
    • ‘Apparently, he jimmied open a window in the rear of the house and came in through the kitchen.’
    • ‘And although the cash register had been jimmied, her purse and a bank bag lay next to her.’
    • ‘Then, out of sight, they jemmied the outside door and smashed through another internal door, which was locked.’
    • ‘The head added that the thieves caused a lot of damage jemmying open locked doors and filing cabinets.’
    • ‘The burglar had jemmied the window of the rear bedroom out of its frame, breaking the window catches in the process.’
    • ‘Police believe they jemmied open his front door, which was usually double-locked.’
    • ‘In a second he'd jimmied the lock open for me with the tip of the blade.’
    • ‘Miss Kelly said their attempt to jemmy the shop door set off the burglar alarm alerting passing motorist Andrew Carlton.’
    • ‘When she couldn't find the key in its normal hiding spot, she jimmied the lock and let herself in.’
    • ‘At a young age Jamie had learned how to jimmy car doors, use a bobby pin to bust open locks and hot wire a car.’
    • ‘Lee guesses the dark shapes are jimmying the lock.’
    • ‘Cloake generally used to break into homes by " jemmying " open windows in bedrooms or near the back of the house with a screwdriver.’
    • ‘He did feel a little strange jimmying the lock to a room at his friends' house.’
    • ‘Arven tried to warn her, but she jimmied it open.’
    • ‘Within seconds he had climbed to the second storey, jimmied open a window, and disappeared inside.’
    • ‘Anyway, by climbing up the cherry tree, swinging across to the balcony and jemmying the window, we soon found that getting in through the bathroom was a doddle.’
    • ‘He extended a hooked claw and jimmied the window open.’
    • ‘This one was normal, she'd have no trouble with that one, she'd jimmied locks before, she could do it again.’
    • ‘A front door was jemmied open and thieves stole jewellery, a mobile phone, DVDs and a PlayStation 2 console worth a total of £2,000.’
    • ‘Security bolts had been jemmied out of the wall and chains had been pulled through the wheels of bikes, breaking the spokes.’
    prise, force, wrench, pull, wrest, twist, rip, strain, tug, jerk, heave, move, shift, dislodge, jemmy
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Origin

Early 19th century: pet form of the given name James (compare with jack).

Pronunciation

jemmy

/ˈdʒɛmi/