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Topic: TOOLS

Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: levier, from lever 'to raise'

lever

1 noun
     
le‧ver1 [countable]
1TD a stick or handle on a machine or piece of equipment, that you move to operate it:
Pull this lever to open the gate.
gear lever
2TZ a long thin piece of metal that you use to lift something heavy by putting one end under the object and pushing the other end down
3 something you use to influence a situation to get the result that you want:
Rich countries use foreign aid as a lever to achieve political aims.
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