Meaning of lazy tongs in English:

lazy tongs


  • A set of extending tongs for grasping objects at a distance, with several connected pairs of levers pivoted like scissors.

    ‘We have read a secondary account that lazy tongs existed but have not found a primary record.’
    • ‘Additional connecting pivots of the lazy tongs are identified by the numerals 52b, 52c, etc.’
    • ‘The magic wheel consists of two sets of lazy tongs, which are connected to form a pair of closed, concentric circles.’
    • ‘Once inserted, the end of the rubber band may be hooked over the brass knob of the lazy tongs.’
    • ‘Excepting the pantographs and the lazy tongs, which could be purchased commercially, most of the rod and bar systems were the extemporisations of individual engineers.’