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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.]
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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]
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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]
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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
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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
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

tongs

[ˈtɒŋz] npl
(= for food) → pinces fpl; (for coal)pincettes fpl
(for hair)fer m à friser
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

tongs

plZange f; (= curling tongs, Hist) → Brennschere f; (electric) → Lockenstab m; a pair of tongseine Zange
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

tongs

[tɒŋz] npl (for coal) → molle fpl, tenaglie fpl; (for sugar, in laboratory) → pinza
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

tongs

(toŋz) noun plural
an instrument for holding and lifting objects. sugar-tongs; a pair of tongs.
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References in classic literature ?
What he preferred above all other things was the tongs. This was because his "father" had forbidden him to have them lest he break windows and furniture with them.
I was so ragged and dirty, that you wouldn't have touched me with a pair of tongs.'
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.
He put the ham in the middle of the floor, and hit it with the tongs and with the shovel--bang, bang, smash, smash!
His thick black moustaches, curled every morning with hot tongs by the barber at the corner of the quay, seemed to hide a perpetual smile.
Meg wanted a few curls about her face, and Jo undertook to pinch the papered locks with a pair of hot tongs.
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.
correspondence, which they took with tongs, dipped it in sea water,
In charge of it was the lean, grizzled, leatherskinned Sir Jules de Vac, and it was he whom Henry commanded to face him in mimic combat with the foils, for the King wished to go with hammer and tongs at someone to vent his suppressed rage.
We recognised each other with a laugh, and presently were at it, hammer and tongs. I may say that we were all fairly intimate friends, and thus had the advantage of entire liberty of speech.
``a touch of my cord will make him roar as loud as the tongs of St Dunstan himself did.
Tongs, pincers, large ploughshares, filled the interior of the furnace, and glowed in a confused heap on the coals.