from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An implement used by pipe-fitters in screwing together lengths of pipe, or in unscrewing lengths previously screwed together or united by screw-threaded pipe-fittings.
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At length I heard the clang of iron on the doorstep, and looking out, saw that Addison had returned and thrown down the pipe-tongs.
"But I shall have to go borrow the blacksmith's wrench and pipe-tongs."
The pipe-tongs and wrench were needed to turn the couplings.
"Now get out the wrench and pipe-tongs," said Addison.
Other old-time pipe-tongs were in the form of lazy-tongs.
Hanging on a nail alongside the tobacco drawer, or shelf, would usually be seen a pipe-tongs, or smoking-tongs.
A companion of the pipe-tongs on the kitchen mantel was what was known as a comfortier -- a little brazier of metal in which small coals could be handed about for pipe-lighting.