Meaning of “tongs” in the English Dictionary

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"tongs" in British English

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tongsnoun [ plural ]

uk /tɒŋz/ us /tɑːŋz/

a device used for picking up objects, consisting of two long pieces joined at one end and pressed together at the other end in order to hold an object between them:

coal tongs
a pair of tongs

→  curling tongs

(Definition of “tongs” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"tongs" in American English

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tongsplural noun

us /tɔŋz, tɑŋz/

a device, often U-shaped, having long sides for picking up objects without touching them, used by pressing or moving the sides together until the free ends hold the object:

She moved the smoldering logs around in the fireplace with a set of tongs.

(Definition of “tongs” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)