|Origin:||levier, from lever 'to raise'|
a stick or handle on a machine or piece of equipment, that you move to operate it: ➔ gear lever
Pull this lever to open the gate.
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
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.