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nounEnglish Regional, Northern
(A pair of) pincers, forceps. In early use also: pliers, tongs. Especially in "pair of pinsons".
Late Middle English. From Anglo-Norman pinsons, plural (1334; compare Middle French (Picardy) pinchon pincer, Middle French, French pinçon pinch-mark (on the skin)) from pincier, pincer + -on. Compare post-classical Latin pinzones, plural.
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