to lift, seize, gather, hold, or handle with tongs, as logs or oysters.
to use, or work with, tongs.
- tonger, noun
Other definitions for tong (2 of 2)
(in China) an association, society, or political party.
(among Chinese living in the U.S.) a fraternal or secret society, often associated with criminal activities.
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How to use tong in a sentence
You need a great spatula, a strong pair of tongs, a comfortable serving fork, and a safe way to clean your grill.Best grill accessories you need to become a grill master | Florie Korani | July 23, 2021 | Popular-Science
From today’s WiFi and Bluetooth grills to new tongs, the best and brightest grill gear is the secret sauce of a memorable summer.Optimal Grilling Accessories and Grilling Tools For The Best Backyard BBQ | Irena Collaku | June 25, 2021 | Popular-Science
Using tongs or a spatula, flip the sausages over and toss the onions and peppers so that they cook evenly.A sheet-pan shortcut for Chicago-style Italian sausage sandwiches with peppers and onions | Daniela Galarza | June 24, 2021 | Washington Post
Using a spider or tongs, stir the potatoes gently, to ensure they aren’t sticking together.Start with cold oil for crisper, golden french fries you’ll crave | Daniela Galarza | June 17, 2021 | Washington Post
Alvarez-Roos suggests using the longest tongs that storage space will allow.
Around that time, in 1972, Chinese-American restaurateur Michael tong opened Shun Lee Palace on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.‘The Search for General Tso’: The Origins of America’s Favorite Chinese Dish, General Tso’s Chicken | Marlow Stern | April 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Their goal, he argues, is not world domination but da tong: “great harmony.”
Senator Christopher Dodd of Connecticut and Senator Mitch McConnell of Wherever are going at it hammer and tong.
The Treasurie of the French tong: teaching the waye to varie all sortes of verbes.
Now, what I want to know is what the Hop Sing tong means by shipping the departed brethren by freight?Captain Scraggs | Peter B. Kyne
But behind the voual in our tong (so far as yet I can fynd) it hath no use.Of the Orthographie and Congruitie of the Britan Tongue | Alexander Hume
At the last-mentioned place it receives the Roch, and then goes westward to Farnworth, where it is joined by the tong.
They make some distinction in another instance when speaking of crying, they say the men tong-i; the women tong-e.An Account of the English Colony in New South Wales, Vol. 1 | David Collins
British Dictionary definitions for tong (1 of 2)
to gather or seize with tongs
to curl or style (hair) with curling tongs
British Dictionary definitions for tong (2 of 2)
(formerly) a Chinese secret society or association, esp one popularly assumed to engage in criminal activities
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Other Idioms and Phrases with tong
see hammer and tongs.
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