pair of tongs

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Noun1.pair of tongs - any of various devices for taking hold of objectspair of tongs - 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
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In half a minute I was as naked as a pair of tongs! And dear, dear, to think of it: I was the only embarrassed person there.
I was so ragged and dirty, that you wouldn't have touched me with a pair of tongs.'
In your place, I wouldn't touch him with a pair of tongs!"
The sight of such an implement collected all the idle spectators to the spot, who, being mostly boys, filled the air with cries of exultation and delight The gun was pointed high, and Richard, holding a coal of fire in a pair of tongs, patiently took his seat on a stump, awaiting the appearance of a flock worthy of his notice.
Franklin, that your father wouldn't have touched the Colonel with a pair of tongs!"
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.
My furniture, part of which I made myself -- and the rest cost me nothing of which I have not rendered an account -- consisted of a bed, a table, a desk, three chairs, a looking-glass three inches in diameter, a pair of tongs and andirons, a kettle, a skillet, and a frying-pan, a dipper, a wash-bowl, two knives and forks, three plates, one cup, one spoon, a jug for oil, a jug for molasses, and a japanned lamp.
It was wonderful the way these children would work up their compassion for that bedraggled thing I wouldn't have touched with a pair of tongs. I suppose they were exercis ing and developing their racial sentimentalism by the means of that dummy.
The bag contained 1 large heat-sealed plastic sachet containing five medium-sized plastic with shabu, a candy plastic box labeled 'Tic Tac' containing 12 small plastic sachets of shabu, improvised glass pipes, 44 pieces of plastic cellophane, one light blue plastic box with pieces of folded and rolled aluminum foil, a pair of tongs and scissor.
In the search conducted in the presence of Parojinog jr's wife and daughter, media personality Jimmy Lirasan, SPO4 Jonathan Jornadal and Barangay Ramil Dumanjug, the raiding team found a black sling bag containing a large heat-sealed plastic sachet with whit crystalline substance, a plastic candy box containing 12 small plastic sachets of white crystalline substance, and three small plastic sachets with traces of white crystalline substance, a light blue plastic box with several pieces of fold and rolled aluminum foils, a pair of tongs and a pair of scissors inside a wooden cabinet used as television stand at the second floor of the house.
class="MsoNormalELECTRIC FENCE class="MsoNormalArmed with a pair of tongs, the criminals successfully accomplished their mission and left without being noticed.