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pry bar

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n pry bar a heavy iron lever with one end forged into a wedge
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Usage

In literature:

For it would have been hard to pry into her chamber when it was barred by so dangerous a bolt.
"The Danish History, Books I-IX" by Saxo Grammaticus ("Saxo the Learned")
Another instant, and, picking up the bar, prying with it again, the loosened stone toppled with a crash into the grate.
"The Adventures of Jimmie Dale" by Frank L. Packard
It was easy for the giant to pry out one of the boxes with his iron bar, and with another blow from his bar he opened the cover.
"Tom Swift and his Undersea Search" by Victor Appleton
I bent it trying to pry the bars.
"The Lost House" by Richard Harding Davis
She even locked and barred her palace gates to keep prying eyes at a safe distance.
"Love affairs of the Courts of Europe" by Thornton Hall
His hand clenched the implement he had used to pry away the bars, and Bart now saw what it was.
"Bart Stirling's Road to Success" by Allen Chapman
You couldn't be pried loose from that coin with a crow-bar!
"The Boss of the Lazy Y" by Charles Alden Seltzer
Mollie placed it between two of the bars, and pried.
"The Outdoor Girls in a Motor Car" by Laura Lee Hope
The piece of steel was stiff and made as good a bar for prying as I could have found.
"Swept Out to Sea" by W. Bertram Foster
One end of the bar was pointed, and Joe inserted this between the lead sole of the diver's boot and pried cautiously.
"Joe Strong, the Boy Fish" by Vance Barnum
Sims was there and another man with him, and both were prying at the bars of the window with instruments muffled in cloth.
"The Free Range" by Francis William Sullivan
Archie pried the third bar out and broke the fourth with a blow.
"Billy Topsail & Company" by Norman Duncan
It collapsed soundlessly under the prying bars of the frogmen.
"The Wailing Octopus" by Harold Leland Goodwin
Running to the blind of the nearest window, he saw Carshaw pull out an iron bar by sheer strength and use it as a lever to pry open a sash.
"The Bartlett Mystery" by Louis Tracy
Albert removed the bar and pried out the grating.
"Insidekick" by Jesse Franklin Bone
If Agnes insists on being out here she can come and hold this pry-bar.
"The Corner House Girls on Palm Island" by Grace Brooks Hill
One of these had even pried a bar aside in a not entirely successful endeavour to emblazon his name in the protected area.
"Down the Yellowstone" by Lewis R. Freeman
Screwdrivers are easily damaged if you try to use them as chisels and pry bars, or use them in screw slots which are too large for the blade.
"Electricity for the 4-H Scientist" by Eric B. Wilson
We used the crowbar and sledge on the harder ledges of the stuff, putting a loose piece under the bar and prying.
"Steel" by Charles Rumford Walker
It stuck, but he managed to pry it up with the bar of iron, stopping now and then to listen and watch.
"Black Star's Campaign" by Johnston McCulley
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In poetry:

And all around are left the bars and borers,
The splitting wedges and the prying keys,
Such aids as serve the soft-shod vault-explorers
To crack, wrench open, rifle as they please.
"The Angel-Thief" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

The Crescent Adjustable Pry Bar has us jonesing for demolition work.
3M confidential filters bars your Mac screen from prying eyes.
One of them is Juliet Pries, The Ice Cream Bar's owner.
Who knows how many times friends and I pried open the velvet bars of our suburban public school for an illicit trip to BK, but I do know that I never paid 55 cents for a Whopper, even all those years ago in the late 1970s.
President Obama may have to clear a high bar in order to lock down Fast and Furious documents from the prying eyes of congressional investigators.
You'll need hammer, putty knife and pry bar, and a ladder.
If you really want to pry each tread loose and shim them to make them level, use what's called a handy bar.
Designed to be installed easily without tools and removed with either a pry bar or punch.
The couple, both members of the Somerset County Rails-to-Trails Association, took their pry bars, picks and shovels and dug the hole for the foundation at the Deal trailhead .
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