Definition of tongs noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//tɒŋz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//tɔːŋz//
    , NAmE//tɑːŋz//
    [plural] Styling hair
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  1. 1 a tool with two long parts that are joined at one end, used for picking up and holding things a pair of tongs
  2. 2(also curling tongs) (both British English) (North American English curling iron) a tool that is heated and used for curling hair See related entries: Styling hair
  3. Word OriginOld English tang(e) (singular), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch tang and German Zange.Idioms 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 neighbours going at it hammer and tongs.
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