Definition of jimmy in US English:

jimmy

(British jemmy)

noun

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

    • ‘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.’
    crowbar, bar, handspike, jemmy
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verb

[with object]informal
  • Force open (a window or door) with a jimmy.

    • ‘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.’
    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

jimmy

/ˈjimē//ˈdʒɪmi/