Grant Barrett gbarrett at AMERICANDIALECT.ORG
Tue Jan 18 13:12:49 UTC 2000

On Thursday, January 18, 2001, Joseph McCollum <prez234 at JUNO.COM> wrote:

>The only context in which I've heard it has been  "to jimmy a lock,"
>meaning "to pick a lock."  I doubt it would have anything to do with GMC,
>although I understand a device
>that auto mechanics and car thieves use to open locked car
>doors is
>called a "Slim Jim."

Wait, doesn't one "jimmy a door" (or window) in order to circumvent the lock by
force rather than "jimmy the lock" itself?

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