Prybar vs. Crowbar

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  • Prybar

    A crowbar, also called a wrecking bar, pry bar or prybar, pinch-bar, or occasionally a prise bar or prisebar, colloquially, in Britain and Australia sometimes called a jimmy (also called jimmy bar or jemmy), gooseneck, or pig foot, is a tool consisting of a metal bar with a single curved end and flattened points, often with a small fissure on one or both ends for removing nails. It is also a class 1 lever. In Britain, Ireland, New Zealand, and Australia, due to the influence of American media “crowbar” may occasionally be used loosely for this tool, but it is still mainly used to mean a larger straighter tool, its original English meaning (see digging bar). The term jammy or jimmy most often refers to the tool when used for burglary.It is used as a lever either to force apart two objects or to remove nails. Crowbars are commonly used to open nailed wooden crates, remove nails, or pry apart boards. Crowbars can be used as any of the three lever classes but the curved end is usually used as a first-class lever, and the flat end as a second class lever. In mining, crowbars are used to break and remove rock, but not as much in modern mining.

  • Prybar (noun)

    A crowbar the tool.

  • Crowbar (noun)

    An iron or steel bar, often with a flattened end which may also be hook-shaped, to be used as a lever to manually force things apart.

  • Crowbar (noun)

    An electrical circuit that prevents an overvoltage from causing damage.

  • Crowbar (noun)

    A type of cocktail made with only Crown Royal whiskey and lemon lime soda.

  • Crowbar (verb)

    To use force to move. To prise.

  • Crowbar (noun)

    an iron bar with a flattened end, used as a lever.

  • Crowbar (verb)

    use a crowbar to open (something)

    “he crowbarred the box open”

Oxford Dictionary

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