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ice tongs

noun, (usually used with a plural verb)
1.
a small pair of tongs for serving ice cubes.
2.
tongs for handling a large block of ice.
Origin of ice tongs
1855-1860
1855-60
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  • It had great claws as big as ice tongs, and it roared like a lion.

    Happy Jack Thornton Burgess
  • For instance, a passenger gets on the platform at Portage, and the ice tongs grasp him or her securely.

    Peck's Compendium of Fun George W. Peck
  • A pair of tongs (something like ice tongs) seized the shell by the ears and lifted it up to the gun bore.

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