One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A short crowbar used by a burglar to force open a window or door.
crowbar, bar, handspike, jemmyView synonyms
- ‘For this was the jemmy in the door of national sovereignty.’
- ‘A tool, perhaps a jemmy, was used to open a rear door, but the thieves failed to get inside the car.’
- ‘I do own and use a car, but if I have a jemmy, I certainly don't carry it around.’
- ‘It is undisputed that the small ‘transom’ window was forced open with a screwdriver or jemmy.’
- ‘We armed ourselves with axes, crowbars, jemmies, metal poles, sledge hammers, a quart of paraffin and box of matches.’
- ‘A jemmy had been used to force the double glazed front door regardless of its five locking points.’
- ‘We'll swing by your place and pick up some jimmies and things for you!’
- ‘The stereo was gone, the front door was bent open with a jimmy, and all my cds had been taken.’
- ‘He then forced the latch of the window open using a jimmy.’
- ‘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.’
verbjimmying, jimmied, jimmies[with object]informal
Force open (a window or door) with a jimmy.
prise, force, wrench, pull, wrest, twist, rip, strain, tug, jerk, heave, move, shift, dislodge, jemmyView synonyms
- ‘Lee guesses the dark shapes are jimmying the lock.’
- ‘Apparently, he jimmied open a window in the rear of the house and came in through the kitchen.’
- ‘The burglar had jemmied the window of the rear bedroom out of its frame, breaking the window catches in the process.’
- ‘Arven tried to warn her, but she jimmied it open.’
- ‘In a second he'd jimmied the lock open for me with the tip of the blade.’
- ‘Security bolts had been jemmied out of the wall and chains had been pulled through the wheels of bikes, breaking the spokes.’
- ‘Then, out of sight, they jemmied the outside door and smashed through another internal door, which was locked.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Miss Kelly said their attempt to jemmy the shop door set off the burglar alarm alerting passing motorist Andrew Carlton.’
- ‘Police believe they jemmied open his front door, which was usually double-locked.’
- ‘He extended a hooked claw and jimmied the window open.’
- ‘And although the cash register had been jimmied, her purse and a bank bag lay next to her.’
- ‘The head added that the thieves caused a lot of damage jemmying open locked doors and filing cabinets.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘When she couldn't find the key in its normal hiding spot, she jimmied the lock and let herself in.’
- ‘Cloake generally used to break into homes by " jemmying " open windows in bedrooms or near the back of the house with a screwdriver.’
- ‘Within seconds he had climbed to the second storey, jimmied open a window, and disappeared inside.’
- ‘He did feel a little strange jimmying the lock to a room at his friends' house.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘This one was normal, she'd have no trouble with that one, she'd jimmied locks before, she could do it again.’
Early 19th century: pet form of the given name James (compare with jack).
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