To jimmy something means to force open a lock or door by using a tool such as a crowbar or screwdriver.
The word jimmy is believed to be derived from the word "jemmy" which is a slang term for a type of crowbar.
- The thief jimmied the lock to break into the house.
- He jimmied the door open with a crowbar.
- She jimmied the window open with a screwdriver.
- Jimmying a lock is a form of breaking and entering.
- Jimmying a lock can cause damage to the lock or door.