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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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Meg wanted a few curls about her face, and Jo undertook to pinch the papered locks with a pair of hot tongs.
In one corner stood a huge bag of wool, ready to be spun; in another, a quantity of linsey-woolsey just from the loom; ears of Indian corn, and strings of dried apples and peaches, hung in gay festoons along the walls, mingled with the gaud of red peppers; and a door left ajar gave him a peep into the best parlor, where the claw-footed chairs and dark mahogany tables shone like mirrors; andirons, with their accompanying shovel and tongs, glistened from their covert of asparagus tops; mock- oranges and conch - shells decorated the mantelpiece; strings of various-colored birds eggs were suspended above it; a great ostrich egg was hung from the centre of the room, and a corner cupboard, knowingly left open, displayed immense treasures of old silver and well-mended china.
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.
Only I'll make one suggestion: I've seen this child whipped with a poker, knocked down with the shovel or tongs, whichever came handiest, &c.
You couldn't get her to take a-holt of one of them with the tongs.
The moment Roxy's back was turned he would toddle to the presence of the tongs and say, "Like it
Then, he took a live coal from the fire with the tongs, and lighted his pipe at it, and then turned round on the hearth-rug with his back to the fire, and went through his favourite action of holding out both his hands for mine.
We recognised each other with a laugh, and presently were at it, hammer and tongs.
a touch of my cord will make him roar as loud as the tongs of St Dunstan himself did.
I pointed to the dead rat, smiling, and making other signs to show I was not hurt; whereat she was extremely rejoiced, calling the maid to take up the dead rat with a pair of tongs, and throw it out of the window.
He put the ham in the middle of the floor, and hit it with the tongs and with the shovel--bang, bang, smash, smash!
But at the same moment, his two auditors, accompanied by the host, fell upon D'Artagnan with sticks, shovels and tongs.