pincers

[pin-serz]
noun (usually used with a plural verb)
1.
a gripping tool consisting of two pivoted limbs forming a pair of jaws and a pair of handles (usually used with pair of ).
2.
Zoology. a grasping organ or pair of organs resembling this, as the claw of a lobster.
Also, pinchers.


Origin:
1300–50; Middle English pinsers, earlier pynceours, plural of *pinceour < Anglo-French pince(r) to pinch + -our -or2

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pincers (ˈpɪnsəz)
 
pl n
1.  Also called: pair of pincers a gripping tool consisting of two hinged arms with handles at one end and, at the other, curved bevelled jaws that close on the workpiece: used esp for extracting nails
2.  the pair or pairs of jointed grasping appendages in lobsters and certain other arthropods
 
[C14: from Old French pinceour, from Old French pincier to pinch]

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pincers
1338, from O.Fr. pinecure "pincers," from pincier "to pinch" (see pinch).
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pincers   (pĭn'sərz)  Pronunciation Key 
A jointed grasping claw of certain animals, such as lobsters and scorpions.
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Example sentences
Or how about sending down some mechanical pincers to crush that pipe closed.
Some robots have three claws that can act as pincers to pick things up.
Pincers poised and eyes gleaming, a bulldog ant surveys its surroundings.
The pincers close in stages as you squeeze the handles, providing gentle
  pressure.
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