- to lift, seize, gather, hold, or handle with tongs, as logs or oysters.
- to use, or work with, tongs.
Origin of tong1
- (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.
Origin of tong2
Examples from the Web for tong
Contemporary Examples of tong
Senator Christopher Dodd of Connecticut and Senator Mitch McConnell of Wherever are going at it hammer and tong.Let the Democrats Win
April 14, 2010
Historical Examples of tong
A bunch of us are planning to go to Tong's for a Chinese meal.Have We No Rights?
In the Tong version, the action seems to be done by the ring.The Traditional Games of England, Scotland, and Ireland (Vol II of II)
Alice Bertha Gomme
Tong Pee, crushed to a pulp under the binnacle, made no reply.
He had never been a communicative person, Tong Pee, and now he had no choice.
It doesn't look like a place for a Tong row with Chinese pirates, though, does it?Moran of the Lady Letty
- to gather or seize with tongs
- to curl or style (hair) with curling tongs
- (formerly) a Chinese secret society or association, esp one popularly assumed to engage in criminal activities
Word Origin for tong
"Chinese secret society," 1883, from Cantonese t'ong "assembly hall."
see hammer and tongs.