lazy tongs

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

Words nearby lazy tongs Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences 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.

    Sharps and Flats|John Nevil Maskelyne
  • Its construction was essentially that of a pair of lazy-tongs, arranged as in figs. 30 and 31.

    Sharps and Flats|John Nevil Maskelyne

British Dictionary definitions for lazy tongs

lazy tongs

pl n

a set of tongs with extensible arms to allow objects to be grasped or handled at a distance
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