noun (used with a plural verb)
extensible tongs for grasping objects at a distance, consisting of a series of pairs of crossing pieces, each pair pivoted together in the middle and connected with the next pair at the extremities.
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Origin of lazy tongs
First recorded in 1830–40
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Examples from the Web for lazy tongs
The 'lazy-tongs' device was fixed to the base-plate at one end, the other being free to move, and carrying the clip for the cards.
Its construction was essentially that of a pair of lazy-tongs, arranged as in figs. 30 and 31.
British Dictionary definitions for lazy tongs
a set of tongs with extensible arms to allow objects to be grasped or handled at a distance
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