Definition of tong
: a secret society or fraternal organization especially of Chinese in the U.S. formerly notorious for gang warfare
Recent Examples of tong from the Web
Tongs range from as short as 6 inches to well over a foot in length.
Using a pair of tongs, spread hot coals to one side of the lower grate.
Ron, Bern and Tom Dusing all began working in the shop in their teens, picking up blocks of ice with metal tongs and throwing them into the ice chipper to be bagged.
The set, which is made from maple wood as well as stainless steel, includes tongs, a spatula and fork with two bottle openers on the end.
When ready, do not drain but transfer to the pan with the tomato sauce using tongs to retain moisture.
Breakfast, for example, was down to one pancake (rather than a stack), one strip of bacon (rather than a pile), and one Danish (rather than as many as the plastic tongs could hold).
The atmosphere and camaraderie found at one of these highly competitive events is what drew business partners and buddies Ken Phillips and Brett Gallaway to pack up their aprons, tongs and grills and compete around the country.
After butter melts, mix once more, using tongs, to coat pasta, spinach and shrimp evenly.
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Origin and Etymology of tong
Chinese (Guangdong) tòhng, literally, hall
First Known Use: 1883See Words from the same year
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