Definitions

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. For negroes only; set aside for used of negroes as a policy of racial discrimination.
  • n. A machine for bending or straightening rails.
  • n. A planing machine with a reversing tool, to plane both ways.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A tool for bending or straightening iron rails or bars.
  • n. In mining, a crowbar having at one end a claw similar to a hammer-claw.

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Examples

  • Negro today is that the average white man expects him to "jump jim-crow" or do the buffoon act, whether in music or in other things.

    Finding a way out : an autobiography,

  • Page 8 year 1904, in connection with the effort to introduce "disfranchisement" and "jim-crow" conditions into this State.

    Men of Maryland

  • The camaradas, on the other hand, had jim-crow saddles and bridles, and rusty little iron stirrups into which they thrust their naked toes.

    IV. The Headwaters of the Paraguay

  • They wore the usual shirt, trousers, and fringed leather apron, with jim-crow hats.

    III. A Jaguar-Hunt on the Taquary

  • No, it isn't about my mine -- I wouldn't sell you one share in it for your whole little jim-crow bank.

    Rimrock Jones

  • Shall the black soldier hero be allowed to take his croix de guerre into a jim-crow car?

    Kelly Miller's History of the World War for Human Rights

  • One of these scout chiefs is all buckskins, fringes, beads an 'feathers from y'ears to hocks, while t'other goes garbed in a stiff hat with a little jim-crow rim -- one of them kind you deenom'nates as a darby -- an' a diag'nal overcoat; one chief looks like a dime novel on a spree an 't'other as much like the far East as he saveys how.

    How The Raven Died 1902, From "Wolfville Nights"

  • I encounters him in one of the little jim-crow restauraws you-all finds now an 'then in the Injun country.

    Wolfville Nights

  • There were slippers of purple velvet, embroidered with gold; others of blue kid, delicately traced in crimson lines; foxes heads stared at us in startling perspective from a scarlet ground; or black jim-crow figures disported themselves on orange tent-stitch.

    Station Amusements

  • a negro! jim-crow scare campaigns still happen. duckmonster replied to comment from WJA

    What Sarah Palin Is Saying - Anil Dash

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