- a pistol or gun.
- a pickpocket.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
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Origin of tool
SYNONYMS FOR tool
OTHER WORDS FROM tooltool·er, nountool·less, adjectivemul·ti·tool, nounun·tooled, adjective
Words nearby tool
British Dictionary definitions for tool up
- an implement, such as a hammer, saw, or spade, that is used by hand
- a power-driven instrument; machine tool
- (in combination)a toolkit
- any of the instruments used by a bookbinder to impress a design on a book cover
- a design so impressed
Derived forms of tooltooler, nountool-less, adjective
Word Origin for tool
Idioms and Phrases with tool up
Provide the equipment for a particular task, as in Now that we're all tooled up let's repair the boat. This term originated in industry, where it is used for supplying a factory with machinery or other equipment for production. [1920s]
Arm oneself, as in They tooled up for their encounter with the rival gang. [Second half of 1900s]