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tongs

 [tongz]
an instrument for grasping and holding, consisting of two arms joined by a hinge or pivot.
Gardner-Wells tongs U-shaped tongs used for spinal traction, having pressure--controlled pins that are inserted into the skull at opposite ends to permit application of a longitudinal force to the axis of the spinal column.
Gardner-Wells tongs. From McQuillan et al., 2002.
Vinke tongs a type of tongs used to exert skeletal traction on the skull, as in surgery for fractures or cervical vertebrae.

tongs

long-handled, about 3 feet, shaped like pincers with knobs on the ends of the grasping blades. Applied by standing behind the subject in a confined space and closing the jaws to grasp the animal's head just below the ears. Used for restraint of pigs and similarly built animals up to about 100 lb body weight.
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If you've got natural movement, get your head upside down quick sharp, and if not, arm yourself with a pair of tongs or some steam rollers.
At that time, students' 72-hour work and study weeks were filled with duties such as scrubbing and disinfecting beds, boiling surgical instruments, and -- for the "probationer," or freshman -- sorting through the night's trash with a pair of tongs to locate any medical instruments that might have been discarded by mistake.
Today, they carry a pair of tongs in one hand and a plastic bin in the other, with not even a brush if broken glass needs to be cleared away.
Wrapped up safely and securely in a specially-designed carry case, the set includes a fork, a pair of tongs, two large skewers, a slice, a gas barbecue lighter, four sweetcorn forks and a bristle brush for oils and marinades.
With a pair of tongs, you capture your pickle from a pail set inside a barrel.
Toss together for one minute more until the egg is just cooked and everything is well mixed - you might want to use a pair of tongs.
Cllr Kelly first became aware of his strange gift 40 years ago when he lifted a pair of tongs and jumped with the shock.
The choice is yours - just arm your caveman with an apron and a pair of tongs and sit back to enjoy those smoky, sizzling steaks and sausages.
My brother-in-law once left me in charge of a barbecue full of steaks in his backyard in America armed with a pair of tongs and a water pistol.
Bring to the boil, then, using a pair of tongs, lower the jar gently into the boiling water until it is completely submerged.
Chopstix by TDC Games bills itself as the ``Oriental Stacking Game'' and comes in an oversized take-out box, complete with three sets of balsa wood chopsticks and a plastic pair of tongs called ``rookie stix'' for those who don't trust their chopsticks ability.