Definition of tire iron in English:

tire iron

(British tyre iron)


North American
  • A steel lever for removing tires from wheel rims.

    • ‘If I sleep on my back, I always dream someone will beat my face in with a tire iron or encyclopedia.’
    • ‘Handing John a tire iron he commanded, ‘Help me take off the wheels.’’
    • ‘He had struck his palm with a tire iron a few days earlier, and he had come to the mobile clinic for evaluation.’
    • ‘Clean your argument up, confess your misogyny or explain what on earth you're talking about before I get the tire iron out.’
    • ‘Dad decided, after beating on it with a tire iron for a short while, that even though both of our imaginations were working overtime, we'd simply have to wait until we got home.’
    • ‘This is why I keep a tire iron under my front seat.’
    • ‘If so, it was an olive branch wielded like a tire iron - and with about as much grace as a man tightening the lug nuts on a wheel.’
    • ‘Further, sometimes we think of the tire iron as a negotiating tool.’
    • ‘With both hands I smashed the tire iron into the side window.’
    • ‘Repeat this procedure with a second tire iron one spoke down on the same side of the rim.’
    • ‘The car was so close now that he expected to feel the fender on his leg or a tire iron on his heel at any moment.’
    • ‘Sophisticated theory should be wielded like an X-acto knife, not like a tire iron, and that seems to be achieved most easily when things are the least stagey, the narrative kept ungimmicky.’
    • ‘I forgot that I had picked up a new tire iron, so I didn't need to use your tools.’
    • ‘The car slammed to a stop and four young men piled out, one with a baseball bat, another with a crowbar or tire iron.’
    • ‘It was an odd assortment of stuff, from a tire iron and vanity mirror to fan and seat belts.’
    • ‘Russ kept digging in the trunk and pulled out the tire iron.’
    • ‘The weapon they had recovered was a solid steel crowbar the length of a tire iron, not the harmless hollow tube the widow had testified it was, and yes, it could certainly be a very lethal weapon.’
    • ‘I've heard about people getting into altercations, and I know one guy who had a cabbie throw a tire iron at him.’
    • ‘My client's security status was low threat but I was still very aware that we were on a dark road with no weapons save for a tire iron should we need one.’
    • ‘When Ten was done, and the flat tire, jack, and tire iron had been placed back in the trunk, he stepped up to John and looked at him very seriously.’


tire iron

/ˈtaɪ(ə)r ˈaɪ(ə)rn/