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curling iron

or curling irons

a rod, usually of metal, used when heated for curling the hair, which is twined around it.
Also called curling tongs.
Origin of curling iron
First recorded in 1625-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for curling tongs
Historical Examples
  • The drake looks as if you'd curled his tail feather with the curling tongs.

  • There were hairpins on the dresser and a pair of curling tongs beside them.

    The Mark of Cain Carolyn Wells
  • Lavendar was paying for the curling tongs, and not a muscle of his face relaxed.

    Robinetta Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • Madge picked up a pair of curling tongs and caught the handkerchief by one end.

    Madge Morton's Trust Amy D. V. Chalmers
  • That Frenchman keeps a hair-dresser to crimp the topsail and to clew up the sails with curling tongs!


    Benito Prez Galds
  • At night she was anointed with cosmetics, and her hair was brushed and scented, but needed no help from curling tongs or pins.

    A Little Girl in Old Philadelphia

    Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • Their most trivial action may mean volumes, or their most extraordinary conduct may depend upon a hairpin or a curling tongs.

    The Return of Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle
British Dictionary definitions for curling tongs

curling tongs

plural noun
a metal scissor-like device that is heated, so that strands of hair may be twined around it in order to form curls Also called curling iron, curling irons, curling pins
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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