Definition of tongs in English:

tongs

Syllabification: tongs
Pronunciation: /tôNGz, täNGz
 
 
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noun

(also a pair of tongs)
  • An instrument with two movable arms that are joined at one end, used for picking up and holding things: ice tongs
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    • Once in the door you'll be straight over to the hearth, emptying ashes and raking dead coals, scooping up briquettes of turf with a pair of tongs and stacking them up.
    • I attacked the bowl of molluscs using a great technique I was once taught for eating mussels without cutlery, by using an empty shell as a finger-sized pair of tongs.
    • Hold them in a Bunsen burner flame with a pair of tongs.

Origin

Old English tang(e) (singular), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch tang and German Zange.

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