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tongs

 (tôngz, tŏngz)
pl.n. (used with a sing. or pl. verb)
A grasping device consisting of two arms that are joined, often at one end, as by a pivot or a scissorlike hinge.

[Middle English tonges, pl. of tonge, from Old English tang, tong.]

tongs

(tɒŋz)
pl n
(Tools) a tool for grasping or lifting, consisting of a hinged, sprung, or pivoted pair of arms or levers, joined at one end. Also called: pair of tongs
[plural of Old English tange; related to Old Saxon tanga, Old High German zanga, Old Norse tong]

tongs

(tɔŋz, tɒŋz)

n. (usu. with a pl. v.)
any of various implements consisting of two movable arms fastened together, used for picking up an object (usu. used with pair of).
[before 900; see tong1]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tongs - any of various devices for taking hold of objectstongs - any of various devices for taking hold of objects; usually have two hinged legs with handles above and pointed hooks below
device - an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose; "the device is small enough to wear on your wrist"; "a device intended to conserve water"
coal tongs, fire tongs - tongs for taking hold of burning coals
ice tongs - tongs for lifting blocks of ice
plural, plural form - the form of a word that is used to denote more than one
Translations
مِلْقَط، كُلابَه
kleště
tang
töng
knaiblesstandziņas
klieštiky

tongs

[tɒŋz] NPL (for coal etc) → tenazas fpl; (= curling tongs) → tenacillas fpl
a pair of tongsunas tenazas, unas tenacillas

tongs

[ˈtɒŋz] npl
(= for food) → pinces fpl; (for coal)pincettes fpl
(for hair)fer m à friser

tongs

plZange f; (= curling tongs, Hist) → Brennschere f; (electric) → Lockenstab m; a pair of tongseine Zange

tongs

[tɒŋz] npl (for coal) → molle fpl, tenaglie fpl; (for sugar, in laboratory) → pinza

tongs

(toŋz) noun plural
an instrument for holding and lifting objects. sugar-tongs; a pair of tongs.
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The moment Roxy's back was turned he would toddle to the presence of the tongs and say, "Like it
I was so ragged and dirty, that you wouldn't have touched me with a pair of tongs.
Every one knows what a multitude of things --beds, sauce-pans, knives and forks, shovels and tongs, napkins, nut-crackers, and what not, are indispensable to the business of housekeeping.
He put the ham in the middle of the floor, and hit it with the tongs and with the shovel--bang, bang, smash, smash!
His thick black moustaches, curled every morning with hot tongs by the barber at the corner of the quay, seemed to hide a perpetual smile.
Meg wanted a few curls about her face, and Jo undertook to pinch the papered locks with a pair of hot tongs.
correspondence, which they took with tongs, dipped it in sea water,
In charge of it was the lean, grizzled, leatherskinned Sir Jules de Vac, and it was he whom Henry commanded to face him in mimic combat with the foils, for the King wished to go with hammer and tongs at someone to vent his suppressed rage.
We recognised each other with a laugh, and presently were at it, hammer and tongs.