- to pluck, as with tweezers.
Origin of tweeze
First recorded in 1940–45; back formation from tweezers
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- mainly US to take hold of or pluck (hair, small objects, etc) with or as if with tweezers
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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