Lazy-tongs

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n.pl Lazy-tongs tongs consisting of a series of diagonal levers pivoted together at the middle and ends, capable of being extended by a movement of the scissors-like handles so as to pick up objects at a distance
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. lasche—O. Fr. lasche (Fr. lâche), slack, weak, base—L. laxus, loose.

Usage

In literature:

A very easily imagined series of accidents may place the destinies of Germany in such lazy tongs again.
"Anticipations" by Herbert George Wells
The B-wheels are replaced by lazy-tongs.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4" by Various
Other old-time pipe-tongs were in the form of lazy-tongs.
"Home Life in Colonial Days" by Alice Morse Earle
Lazy tongs mechanism, 160.
"Inventions in the Century" by William Henry Doolittle
Other old-time pipe-tongs were in the form of a lazy-tongs.
"Stage-coach and Tavern Days" by Alice Morse Earle
Its construction was essentially that of a pair of lazy-tongs, arranged as in figs.
"Sharps and Flats" by John Nevil Maskelyne
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