American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Chiefly British Variant of jimmy.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A short crowbar, especially as used by burglars: often made in sections, so as to be carried without discovery. Also jimmy.
- n. A great-coat.
- n. plural A kind of woolen cloth.
- n. A sort of boot of fine make.
- adj. archaic spruce
- n. A crowbar, particularly one used by burglars. (US: jimmy)
- n. archaic, UK, slang A baked sheep's head.
- n. Australia, slang An immigrant
- v. To open with a crowbar.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Slang, Eng. Spruce.
- n. Chiefly Brit. A short crowbar. See jimmy.
- n. Slang, Eng. A baked sheep's head.
- n. a short crowbar
“He then provided the usual implements: plenty of false keys, a strong crow-bar, technically called a jemmy, an instrument used for cleaning bricks, some spirits and a slight provision of bread and meat.”
“If a man is found by the police busy with "jemmy" and dark lantern at a jeweller's shop door over night, the magistrate before whom he is brought the next morning, reasons from those effects to their causes in the fellow's "burglarious" ideas and volitions, with perfect confidence, and punishes him accordingly.”
“The man in the shop, perhaps, is in the baked 'jemmy' line, or the fire-wood and hearth-stone line, or any other line which requires a floating capital of eighteen-pence or thereabouts: and he and his family live in the shop, and the small back parlour behind it.”
“Devon and Cornwall Police has said it is investigating claims that officers illegally tried to "jemmy" the locked door with their metal batons after one of them dropped their phone in the back of the car during a search.”
“jemmy" the police said when the wound, with the wounds upon the forehead, had been examined beneath a microscope.”
“Now, "says he, leaning close," I'll lay odds the Holnup will come through the garden in the dead watch, around four, lay out the sentry quietly, jemmy the door, then upstairs and good-night Franz-Josef, all hail Crown Prince Rudolf!”
“Where would be all this fine crockery work for your breakfast? you might pop your head under a pump, or drink out of your own paw; what would you do for that fine jemmy tye?”
“Will the "Brownites" risk using a jemmy to get him out if he is reluctant to go?”
“Then he began to deal out his drolleries, such as would make the dismallest jemmy guffaw, and gave vent to all manner of buffooneries; but the Caliph laughed not neither smiled, whereat”
“The man in the shop, perhaps, is in the baked ‘jemmy’ line, or the fire – wood and hearth – stone line, or any other line which requires a floating capital of eighteen – pence or thereabouts: and he and his family live in the shop, and the small back parlour behind it.”
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