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Definition of tongs noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



, NAmE//tɔŋz//
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  • a tool with two long parts that are joined at one end, used for picking up and holding things a pair of tongs
  • Idioms
    hammer and tongs
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    if two people are at it hammer and tongs or go at it hammer and tongs, they argue or fight with a lot of energy and noise We could hear the neighbors going at it hammer and tongs.
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