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verb (used with object), tweezed, tweez·ing.
  1. to pluck, as with tweezers.
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Origin of tweeze

First recorded in 1940–45; back formation from tweezers
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British Dictionary definitions for tweeze


  1. mainly US to take hold of or pluck (hair, small objects, etc) with or as if with tweezers
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Word Origin

C17: back formation from tweezers
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Word Origin and History for tweeze


"to pluck with tweezers," 1932, back-formation from tweezers. Related: Tweezed; tweezing.

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