pincers

pincers
pin•cers
[[t]ˈpɪn sərz[/t]] n. (usu. with a pl. v.)
1) bui a gripping tool consisting of two pivoted limbs forming a pair of jaws and a pair of handles (usu. used with pair of)
2) zool. a grasping organ or pair of organs resembling this, as the claw of a lobster
Etymology: 1300–50; ME pinsers, earlier pynceours < AF pinc(er) to pinch+-eour -or II

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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  • pincers — (Roget s IV) n. Syn. pinchers, pair of pincers, wrench, pliers, nippers, tongs, instrument, tweezers, grippers, wire cutters; see also tool 1 …   English dictionary for students

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  • pincers — n.pl. 1 (also pair of pincers) a gripping tool resembling scissors but with blunt usu. concave jaws to hold a nail etc. for extraction. 2 the front claws of lobsters and some other crustaceans. Phrases and idioms: pincer movement Mil. a movement… …   Useful english dictionary

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  • pincers — /pin seuhrz/, n. (usually used with a pl. v.) 1. a gripping tool consisting of two pivoted limbs forming a pair of jaws and a pair of handles (usually used with pair of). 2. Zool. a grasping organ or pair of organs resembling this, as the claw of …   Universalium

  • pincers — noun a) A gripping tool, pivoted like a pair of scissors, but with blunt jaws. b) The front claws of crustaceans such as lobsters. Syn: forceps, pinchers …   Wiktionary

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