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tong 1

 (tông, tŏng)
tr.v. tonged, tong·ing, tongs
To seize, hold, or manipulate with tongs.

[Back-formation from tongs.]

tong 2

 (tông, tŏng)
n.
1. A Chinese association or political party.
2. An association or a secret society of Chinese in the United States, believed to be involved in organized crime.

[Cantonese tong4, assembly hall, familial relationship between cousins, from Middle Chinese tɦaŋ (also the source of Mandarin táng).]
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tong

(tɒŋ)
vb (tr)
1. to gather or seize with tongs
2. (Hairdressing & Grooming) to curl or style (hair) with curling tongs

tong

(tɒŋ)
n
(Historical Terms) (formerly) a Chinese secret society or association, esp one popularly assumed to engage in criminal activities
[C20: from Chinese (Cantonese) t'ong meeting place]
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tong1

(tɔŋ, tɒŋ)

n.
1. tongs.
v.t.
2. to lift, seize, gather, hold, or handle with tongs, as logs or oysters.
v.i.
3. to use, or work with, tongs.
[before 900; Middle English tong(e), Old English, c. Old Frisian tange, Old Saxon tanga, Old High German zanga, Old Norse tǫng]

tong2

(tɔŋ, tɒŋ)

n.
1. (in China) an association, society, or political party.
2. (among Chinese living in the U.S.) a fraternal or secret society, often associated with criminal activities.
[1880–85, Amer.; < dial. Chinese (Guangdong) tòhng, akin to Chinese táng meeting hall]
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tong


Past participle: tonged
Gerund: tonging

Imperative
tong
tong
Present
I tong
you tong
he/she/it tongs
we tong
you tong
they tong
Preterite
I tonged
you tonged
he/she/it tonged
we tonged
you tonged
they tonged
Present Continuous
I am tonging
you are tonging
he/she/it is tonging
we are tonging
you are tonging
they are tonging
Present Perfect
I have tonged
you have tonged
he/she/it has tonged
we have tonged
you have tonged
they have tonged
Past Continuous
I was tonging
you were tonging
he/she/it was tonging
we were tonging
you were tonging
they were tonging
Past Perfect
I had tonged
you had tonged
he/she/it had tonged
we had tonged
you had tonged
they had tonged
Future
I will tong
you will tong
he/she/it will tong
we will tong
you will tong
they will tong
Future Perfect
I will have tonged
you will have tonged
he/she/it will have tonged
we will have tonged
you will have tonged
they will have tonged
Future Continuous
I will be tonging
you will be tonging
he/she/it will be tonging
we will be tonging
you will be tonging
they will be tonging
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been tonging
you have been tonging
he/she/it has been tonging
we have been tonging
you have been tonging
they have been tonging
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been tonging
you will have been tonging
he/she/it will have been tonging
we will have been tonging
you will have been tonging
they will have been tonging
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been tonging
you had been tonging
he/she/it had been tonging
we had been tonging
you had been tonging
they had been tonging
Conditional
I would tong
you would tong
he/she/it would tong
we would tong
you would tong
they would tong
Past Conditional
I would have tonged
you would have tonged
he/she/it would have tonged
we would have tonged
you would have tonged
they would have tonged
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