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pin·cer

 (pĭn′sər) also pinch·er (pĭn′sər)
n.
1.
a. often pincers or pinchers A grasping tool having two parts hinged together to work in opposition.
b. One of the opposing parts in such a tool.
2.
a. A claw resembling such a tool, as of a lobster or scorpion; a chela.
b. pincers or pinchers A pair of mandibles or other appendages used by certain arthropods for grasping, as the cerci of an earwig.
3. A military maneuver in which an enemy force is attacked from two flanks and the front.

[Middle English pinsours, pincers, from Anglo-Norman pynceour, from pincer, to pinch; see pinch.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pincer - a hand tool for holding consisting of a compound lever for graspingpincer - a hand tool for holding consisting of a compound lever for grasping
hand tool - a tool used with workers' hands
roach clip, roach holder - metal tweezers used by marijuana smokers to hold a roach
2.pincer - a grasping structure on the limb of a crustacean or other arthropods
crustacean - any mainly aquatic arthropod usually having a segmented body and chitinous exoskeleton
appendage, extremity, member - an external body part that projects from the body; "it is important to keep the extremities warm"
Translations

pincer

[ˈpɪnsəʳ]
A. N
1. (Zool) → pinza f
2. (Tech) pincerstenazas fpl, pinzas fpl
a pair of pincersunas tenazas
B. CPD pincer movement N (Mil) → movimiento m de pinza or tenaza

pincer

[ˈpɪnsər] n [crab, lobster] → pince fpincer movement [ˈpɪnsərmuːvmənt] nmouvement m de tenailles
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The general presented the ambassador with a rich robe, and returned this gallant answer: "That he and his fellow-soldiers were come with an intention to drive Mahomet out of these countries, which he had wrongfully usurped; that his present design was, instead of returning back the way he came, as Mahomet advised, to open himself a passage through the country of his enemies; that Mahomet should rather think of determining whether he would fight or yield up his ill-gotten territories, than of prescribing measures to him; that he put his whole confidence in the omnipotence of God and the justice of his cause, and that to show how just a sense he had of Mahomet's kindness, he took the liberty of presenting him with a looking-glass and a pair of pincers.
Next he opened the dead man's mouth, and by the help of a pair of pincers drew the bone from his throat.
The same silence, and then, ere the host could oppose his design, Grimaud seized a pair of pincers he perceived in a corner and forced the bolt.