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[tweez] /twiz/
verb (used with object), tweezed, tweezing.
to pluck, as with tweezers.
Origin of tweeze
1940-45; back formation from tweezers Unabridged
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Examples from the web for tweeze
  • Use an empty shell to tweeze out the rest of the mussels.
  • Never pinch, tweeze or otherwise attempt to pull stings out, as this will simply inject the remaining contents of the venom sacs.
  • Once the waxing demonstration is complete, you will be directed to tweeze your model's eyebrows.
British Dictionary definitions for tweeze


(mainly US) to take hold of or pluck (hair, small objects, etc) with or as if with tweezers
Word Origin
C17: back formation from tweezers
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Word Origin and History for tweeze

"to pluck with tweezers," 1932, back-formation from tweezers. Related: Tweezed; tweezing.

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