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lazy tongs

noun, (used with a plural verb)
extensible tongs for grasping objects at a distance, consisting of a series of pairs of crossing pieces, each pair pivoted together in the middle and connected with the next pair at the extremities.
Origin of lazy tongs
1830-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Its construction was essentially that of a pair of lazy-tongs, arranged as in figs. 30 and 31.

    Sharps and Flats John Nevil Maskelyne
  • The 'lazy-tongs' device was fixed to the base-plate at one end, the other being free to move, and carrying the clip for the cards.

    Sharps and Flats John Nevil Maskelyne
British Dictionary definitions for lazy-tongs

lazy tongs

plural noun
a set of tongs with extensible arms to allow objects to be grasped or handled at a distance
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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