Etymology
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leverage (n.)
1724, "action of a lever," from lever (n.) + -age. Meaning "power or force of a lever" is from 1827; figurative sense "advantage for accomplishing a purpose" is from 1858. The financial sense is attested by 1933, American English; as a verb in the financial sense by 1956. Related: Leveraged; leverages; leveraging.
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jimmy (v.)
"pry open with short leverage," 1893, from jimmy (n.). Related: Jimmied; jimmying.
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