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Definition of "crowbar" [crow•bar]

  • A straight bar of iron or steel, with the working end shaped like a chisel and often slightly bent and forked, used as a lever. (noun)
  • To extract, remove, or insert forcibly: "[The newsmagazines] can crowbar stories in as late as Sunday and still be out on Monday” ( Edwin Diamond). (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "crowbar" in a sentence
  • "Grab the crowbar from the inventory and use it to open the crate."
  • "But a couple of young men stopped, took a crowbar from the boot of their car (yes, you might ask why they had such a tool available) took the drain cover off and rescued the duckling."
  • "Besides, the New York Times always uses the word crowbar to describe the schooling of prominent politicians ... just like they used cocain and alcohol to describe the life-student schooling of President Bush, who graduated from AA State at the young age of 40."