from The Century Dictionary.

  • Large iron nippers for handling ice.
  • Small tongs for taking up pieces of ice at table. They are generally made like sugar-tongs, but longer, and with larger claws or grapples.


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  • A heavy pair of tongs, like ice-tongs, is attached to one end, and the log is snaked out by horses to the skidway.

    Handwork in Wood William Noyes

  • The Injun had pretty well wore himself out by this time, and when he felt those ice-tongs he just stiffened out -- an Injun's dead game that-away; he won't make a holler when you hurt him.

    Laughing Bill Hyde and Other Stories Rex Ellingwood Beach 1913

  • Also he wore di'mon's fit to handle with ice-tongs.

    The Spoilers Rex Ellingwood Beach 1913

  • I feel as if I'd been squeezed by a pair of ice-tongs.

    Shorty McCabe Sewell Ford 1907

  • We had two pairs of ice-tongs, and we would put on our rubber boots, and take the tongs, and go out into the snow, and fasten to a log -- one at each end -- and drag it across Captain Ben's iron door-sill, and lift it in and swing it across the stout andirons with a skill that improved with each day's practice.

    Dwellers in Arcady The Story of an Abandoned Farm Albert Bigelow Paine 1899

  • We built a new ice-house near the east barn in November; and in December the old Squire drove to Portland and brought home a complete kit of tools -- three ice-saws, an ice-plow or groover, ice-tongs, hooks, chisels, tackle and block.

    A Busy Year at the Old Squire's 1887

  • Addison and I then set to work with two of our new ice-saws, and hauled out the cakes with the ice-tongs, while

    A Busy Year at the Old Squire's 1887

  • After getting you back till your spine interferes with the chair itself, he shoves your head into a pair of ice-tongs, and dashes at the camera again.

    They All Do It; or, Mr. Miggs of Danbury and his Neighbors Being a Faithful Record of What Befell the Miggses on Several Important Occasions ... 1877

  • _ "I said again, with the flute turning into a pair of ice-tongs that clamped into the corners of my heart.

    The Prairie Child Arthur Stringer 1912


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