tweezers

[twee-zerz]
noun (used with a singular or plural verb)
small pincers or nippers for plucking out hairs, extracting splinters, picking up small objects, etc.

Origin:
1645–55; plural of tweezer, equivalent to obsolete tweeze case of surgical instruments (aphetic form of earlier etweese < French étuis, plural of étui, noun derivative of Old French étuier to keep < Latin stūdiāre to care for) + -er1

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tweezer

[twee-zer]
noun
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tweezers (ˈtwiːzəz)
 
pl n
pair of tweezers, Also called: tweezer a small pincer-like instrument for handling small objects, plucking out hairs, etc
 
[C17: plural of tweezer (on the model of scissors, etc), from tweeze case of instruments, from French étuis cases (of instruments), from Old French estuier to preserve, from Vulgar Latin studiāre (unattested) to keep, from Latin studēre to care about]

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tweezers
1650s, extended from tweezes, plural of tweeze "case for tweezers" (1622), aphetic of etweese, considered as plural of etwee (1610s) "a small case," from Fr. étui "small case," originally "a keeping safe," from O.Fr. estuier "to keep, shut up, imprison," of uncertain origin. Sense transferred
from the case to the implement inside it.
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Example sentences
Inside were scalpels, tweezers and other surgical tools.
But the new, well, spin in this research is using optical tweezers to rotate
  objects.
The pellets are grey, matted lumps in the water and are easy to pull apart with
  toothpicks and tweezers.
Most of us remember poking around a frog's innards during high school biology
  with a pair of rusty tweezers.
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