Lazy tongs
Lazy La"zy, a. [Compar. {Lazier}; superl. {Laziest}.] [OE. lasie, laesic, of uncertain origin; cf. F. las tired, L. lassus, akin to E. late; or cf. LG. losig, lesig.] 1. Disinclined to action or exertion; averse to labor; idle; shirking work. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

2. Inactive; slothful; slow; sluggish; as, a lazy stream. ``The night owl's lazy flight.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. Wicked; vicious. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.] --B. Jonson. [1913 Webster]

{Lazy tongs}, a system of jointed bars capable of great extension, originally made for picking up something at a distance, now variously applied in machinery.

Syn: Idle; indolent; sluggish; slothful. See {Idle}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • lazy tongs — n. tongs made with a series of crossed, jointed bars, that can be extended to pick up or deposit small objects at a distance: see TONGS …   English World dictionary

  • lazy tongs — la′zy tongs n. extensible tongs for grasping objects at a distance • Etymology: 1830–40 …   From formal English to slang

  • lazy tongs — extensible tongs for grasping objects at a distance, consisting of a series of pairs of crossing pieces, each pair pivoted together in the middle and connected with the next pair at the extremities. [1830 40] * * * …   Universalium

  • lazy tongs — /ˈleɪzi tɒŋz/ (say layzee tongz) plural noun a kind of extensible tongs for grasping objects at a distance, consisting of a series of pairs of crossing pieces, each pair pivoted together in the middle and connected with the next pair at the… …   Australian English dictionary

  • lazy tongs — noun plural Date: 1836 a series of jointed and pivoted bars capable of great extension used to pick up or handle something at a distance …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • lazy tongs — [1] Any device with extensible arms (often in the form of a series of crossed, hinged bars) for handling objects at a distance. [2] A specific type of pop rivet gun with such arms …   Dictionary of automotive terms

  • lazy tongs — noun plural : a series of jointed and pivoted bars capable of great extension used originally for picking up something at a distance; broadly : any of various devices adjustable in similar manner …   Useful english dictionary

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  • Tongs — are and lifting tools, of which there are many forms adapted to their specific use. Some are merely large pincers or nippers, but the greatest number fall into three classes: # Tongs which have long arms terminating in small flat circular ends of …   Wikipedia

  • Lazy — La zy, a. [Compar. {Lazier}; superl. {Laziest}.] [OE. lasie, laesic, of uncertain origin; cf. F. las tired, L. lassus, akin to E. late; or cf. LG. losig, lesig.] 1. Disinclined to action or exertion; averse to labor; idle; shirking work. Bacon.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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