noun (usually used with a plural verb)
Origin of tongs
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
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Examples from the Web for tongs
Cook until the underside is a deep golden brown, then flip the grispelle with tongs and brown the other side.
With a little ingenuity a set of fireirons—poker, tongs, and shovel—can be devised and constructed from match stales.Toy-Making at Home|Morley Adams
Consider how exactly, how marvelously, indeed, its situation corresponds to that of a pair of tongs.Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc|Mark Twain
But the poker and tongs have but a bad life of it sometimes.Can You Forgive Her?|Anthony Trollope
Word Origin for tongs
Word Origin for tong
Old English tange, tang "tongs," from Proto-Germanic *tango (cf. Old Saxon tanga, Old Norse töng, Swedish tång, Old Frisian tange, Middle Dutch tanghe, Dutch tang, Old High German zanga, German Zange), literally "that which bites," from PIE root *dank- "bite" (cf. Sanskrit dasati "biter;" Greek daknein "to bite," dax "biting"). For sense evolution, cf. French mordache "tongs," from mordre "to bite."
"Chinese secret society," 1883, from Cantonese t'ong "assembly hall."
see hammer and tongs.