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  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Tong In China, an association, secret society, or organization of any kind; in the United States, usually, a secret association of Chinese such as that of the highbinders; in the U. S. the tongs have been frequently associated with criminal activity and gang warfare.
    • n Tong Tongue.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n tong One of a number of holding- and lifting-instruments of various forms. They may be grouped under three types: those consisting of two arms hinged or pivoted together near the upper or handle end, as the common fire-tongs; those consisting of two arms Joined together by a spring at the top, as sugartongs; and those in which the two arms are joined together by a pivot near the lower end, as the blacksmiths' tongs. Their special names are chiefty descriptive of the shape of the short arms of the two levers that form the biting part or jaw, as flat-bit tongs, crook-tongs, etc. Tongs are also named from their use, as bottle-tongs, crucibletongs, wire-tongs, etc. (See ice-tongs, lazy-tongs, oystertongs, pipe-tongs. sugar-tongs.) Now always used in the plural, and often in the phrase pair of tongs, designating one implement. The plural form is also rarely used as a singular. See cut in next column, and cuts under pinching-tongs and punch.
    • n tong [Tongs were formerly used in rough burlesque music:
    • n tong In diamond-cutting, a two-footed wooden stand that has at one end a vise-like iron holder, into which the dop containing the diamond is fastened, holding the diamond against the wheel.
    • n tong plural A device for anchoring the body of a car to the track when it is not in use.
    • n tong plural Trousers.
    • tong To seize, hold, or take with tongs.
    • tong To handle or use tongs; capture something, as oysters, with tongs.
    • n tong An old spelling of tongue.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Tong tung (Spens.) the tongue of a buckle.
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Hammer and tongs - If people are going at it hammer and tongs, they are arguing fiercely. The idiom can also be used hen people are doing something energetically.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Chinese t'ang, lit., hall


In literature:

For himself, he says, he has always found a pair of tongs more convenient.
"Punch, or The London Charivari, Volume 101, October 31, 1891" by Various
These pieces of metallic substances are held with the forceps or tongs represented as in Fig.
"A System of Instruction in the Practical Use of the Blowpipe" by Anonymous
They had it hammer an' tongs.
"In the Days of Poor Richard" by Irving Bacheller
In the library at Tong Hall there is a painting, by Sir Godfrey Kneller, of Pope's Daphne.
"Notes and Queries, Number 62, January 4, 1851" by Various
And the minute they come together, it was 'ammer-and-tongs.
"The Day of Days" by Louis Joseph Vance
M. Beloiseau reached across his workbench and hung up his hammer and tongs.
"The Flower of the Chapdelaines" by George W. Cable
Such chocolates, such candied cherries and strawberries, with tiny tongs to lift them with, the children had never seen.
"Polly of the Hospital Staff" by Emma C. Dowd
After some slight exchanges they began a hammer-and-tongs game, in which Proser scored heavily.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 103, December 3, 1892" by Various
You know Brooks, the jailer, and his bulldog brother-in-law, Tongs?
"Guy Rivers: A Tale of Georgia" by William Gilmore Simms
The voice is a delicate instrument, and you must not handle it with hammer and tongs.
"The Art of Public Speaking" by Dale Carnagey (AKA Dale Carnegie) and J. Berg Esenwein

In poetry:

The Shovel blushed as she answered,
"I thank you kindly, Mister,
But my promise belongs to the faithful Tongs,
So I only can be your sister."
"Shovel And Tongs" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
And when the couple were married
The Stove gave the Shovel away;
And it seemed too bad that the Poker, poor lad,
Was the Tongs' best man on that day.
"Shovel And Tongs" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
But the Poker soon after was wedded
To the hearth broom, slender and slick;
And 'twas whispered about Mrs. Tongs was put out
Because he found comfort so quick.
"Shovel And Tongs" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
We'll snap the tongs, we'll have a ball,
We'll sheäke the house, we'll lift the ruf,
We'll romp an' meäke the maïdens squall,
A catchèn o'm at blind-man's buff.
"Chris’mas Invitation" by William Barnes
'Twould binifit your sowls,
To see the butthered rowls,
The sugar-tongs and sangwidges and craim galyore,
And the muffins and the crumpets,
And the band of hearts and thrumpets,
To celebrate the sworry upon Shannon shore.
"The Battle Of Limerick" by William Makepeace Thackeray

In news:

Chien-Wen Tong , regional director of mobile marketing and digital projects at MEC Global, believes mobile apps present a great opportunity for innovative advertisers.
MEC's Tong talks mobile apps and advertising.
Melissa Tong and Timothy Heizer to wed April 21, 2012.
Melissa Anne Tong of Bozeman, Mont.
Few individuals have had as lasting an impact on electronic dance music as legendary British DJ Pete Tong .
Plans for downtown Tong 's Thai are dead.
Wailuku Chee Kung Tong Society Building.
MARGARET LOCHER (l to r) Sushi chef Bee Siri and Anna Sahasakmontri, a member of the family that owns Yoong Tong .
Tong set to defend seat in 147th.
The tongs are easy to make.
Tongs kick off College Week.
Tongs, toque and aprons for Dad.
Green grips a piece of chicken with tongs as he prepares to turn it inside the smoker.
While in London for a set at the Wireless Festival, DJ/producer Deadmau5 stopped by Pete Tong's show on BBC's Radio 1 to premiere the single "Professional Griefers" with Gerard Way's newly added lyrics.
Colander, tongs, Fryer, large mixing bowl, cooking thermometer.

In science:

Tong, 2000, “Large-scale coherent rotation and oscillation in turbulent thermal convection,” Phys.
Large scale dynamics in turbulent Rayleigh-Benard convection
Tong, 2005c, “Three-dimensional flow structures and dynamics of turbulent thermal convection in a cylindrical cell,” Phys.
Large scale dynamics in turbulent Rayleigh-Benard convection
Tong, 1996, “Measured velocity boundary layers in turbulent convection,” Phys.
Large scale dynamics in turbulent Rayleigh-Benard convection
FIG. 7 (a): Normalized horizontal velocity u/umax as a function of the vertical position ρz = z/L (from Qiu and Tong (2001b)).
Large scale dynamics in turbulent Rayleigh-Benard convection
Note that the data extend only up to ρz ≃ 0.85; thus the minimum near the sample top is not shown. (b): Reduced Reynolds numbers Reu /Ra1/2 (circles) and Reω /Ra1/2 (solid triangles), defined in the text, as functions of Ra (from Qiu and Tong (2002)).
Large scale dynamics in turbulent Rayleigh-Benard convection