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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I was so ragged and dirty, that you wouldn't have touched me 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.
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.
e drawer had been jammed because a pair of tongs had opened inside.
If it's a "yes" they carve the meat for you there and then, and you collect it with a pair of tongs.
He would occasionally light his pipe with coals from the fireplace which he picked out with a pair of tongs.
It's claimed they found a pan and a pair of tongs with blood on the handles.
THERE is something about being outside with a pair of tongs in one hand and a can of beer in the other.
The jar lifter is a pair of tongs designed for lifting canning jars out of boiling water.
When a scientist picked up one of the termites with a pair of tongs, it exploded.