Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A lever of iron with a projecting snout and a fulcrum-foot, used to move a heavy body by a succession of small lifts. Also called pinching-bar.
“In order to lift a block of stone with a pinch-bar, a chock (a quarry-stone or square wooden block) is placed under the bar which is used as a lever.”
“It is possible to up-end a block, either by placing increasingly bigger chocks under it with the help of a pinch-bar or by using a jack.”
“But I tell you, Harris, if I'd a farm like yours you couldn't pry me off it with a pinch-bar.”
“The basket concealed a short pickax of the sort that miners use, a little spade such as children play with on the seashore, but very strong, and a pinch-bar, or”
“Bill, going northward in the drain, slowly paced off seventy feet from the manhole; then he halted and drove two large spikes between the bricks that formed the walls, using the pinch-bar to do the driving.”
“Bill plies darksome spade and pick and pinch-bar, the Harlem shipmen are furnishing and coaling and storing the _Zulu Queen_.”
“London Bill got to work, breast-high and where the lamplight fell, on the wall of the drain nearest the Treasury, and with the point of the pinch-bar began taking out the bricks.”
“· a pinch-bar, or failing this, a quarry bar (crowbar);”
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