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jemmy

(US), jimmy
a short steel crowbar used, esp by burglars, for forcing doors and windows

crowbar, crow

A steel bar, one end of which is flattened; sometimes slightly bent; used for heavy prying, and as a lever for moving heavy objects.
References in classic literature ?
Low, and of Jemmy Button, it is certainly true, that when pressed in winter by hunger, they kill and devour their old women before they kill their dogs: the boy, being asked by Mr.
Jemmy Button would not eat land-birds, because "eat dead men": they are unwilling even to mention their dead friends.