Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- An implement having two arms, each furnished at the end with a flat or spoon-shaped plate or a cluster of claws, for use in lifting small lumps of sugar. It is usually made with a flexible back like that of shears for sheep. Also called sugar-nippers.
“The others had the same idea, and soon there was a new pile: a pencil-case, a battered watch, sheets and towels, two old-fashioned silver teaspoons, a pair of sugar-tongs, a few boots --- even a blanket.”
“Two forks, two teaspoons, two knives, and a pair of sugar-tongs, and a butter-knife all marked G. 11, 12, 13.”
“Sheets and towels, a little wearing apparel, two old-fashioned silver teaspoons, a pair of sugar-tongs, and a few boots.”
“The sugar-tongs were too wide for one of her hands, and she had to use both in wielding them; the weight of the silver cream-ewer, the bread-and-butter plates, the very cup and saucer, tasked her insufficient strength and dexterity; but she would lift this, hand that, and luckily contrived through it all to break nothing.”
“They all laughed; and Mother covered her old confusion by picking up the sugar-tongs and dropping an extra lump into”
“Louis, glancing, tripping with the high step of a disdainful crane, picks up words as if in sugar-tongs.”
“Later it was his duty to bring the tea, lump sugar and the sugar-tongs out.”
“Bormenthal swooped like a vulture, began dabbing Sharik's wound with swabs of gauze, then gripped its edges with a row of little clamps like sugar-tongs, and the bleeding stopped.”
“Ever since reading in the Thirties a delicately printed poem which mentioned that whales in their gigantic bliss lie trembling two by two, I have had some affection for Prokosch's writing, in which the juicily sensual and scatological are dispensed with literary sugar-tongs; and I found The Missolonghi Manuscript enjoyable in somewhat the same way as Danny Kaye's Hans Andersen.”
“Sara paused with the sugar-tongs poised above the Queen Anne bowl.”
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