- n. [机] 夹具；钳子（tong的复数）
- v. 用钳夹取（tong的三单形式）
1. 谐音“痛”----该词的字面含义是“bite, that which bites”，咬你一下，当然痛啦，而夹子夹住东西，其实就像东西被咬住一样，所以才引申成“夹具、钳子”之意。
来自古英语 tang,钳子，夹具，来自 Proto-Germanic*tango,钳子，夹具，来自 PIE*denk,咬， 词源同 tang,tough.
- tongs: [OE] The etymological notion underlying the word tongs is of ‘biting’. It comes from a prehistoric Germanic *tanguz (source also of German zange, Dutch and Danish tang, and Swedish tång), which went back ultimately to the Indo-European base *dank- ‘bite’ (ancestor of Greek dáknein ‘bite’). (Tong ‘Chinese secret society’ , incidentally, comes from Cantonese tong ‘assembly hall’.)
- tongs (n.)
- Old English tange, tang "tongs, pincers, foreceps, instrument for holding and lifting," from Proto-Germanic *tango (cognates: Old Saxon tanga, Old Norse töng, Swedish tång, Old Frisian tange, Middle Dutch tanghe, Dutch tang, Old High German zanga, German Zange "tongs"), literally "that which bites," from PIE root *denk- "to bite" (cognates: Sanskrit dasati "biter;" Greek daknein "to bite," dax "biting"). For sense evolution, compare French mordache "tongs," from mordre "to bite."
- 1. a pair of tongs
- 2. She used tongs to put some more coal on the fire.
- 3. The waiter lifted rolls from a basket with a pair of silver tongs.
- 4. They yell, shout and argue. For six hours a night they go at it, hammer and tongs.
- 5. He loved gardening. He went at it hammer and tongs as soon as he got back from work.
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