One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small instrument like a pair of pincers for plucking out hairs and picking up small objects.
- ‘She's bringing my tweezers so I can pluck my eyebrows on the way there.’
- ‘When necessary, fragmented samples were picked with tweezers from a sieve under a binocular light microscope.’
- ‘Pick out any small bones left in the salmon with tweezers.’
- ‘If the hair remains attached to the follicle, clean the area and use tweezers or a razor to shave it off.’
- ‘Adam picked up a pair of tweezers from the first aid kit and carefully removed the offending shard.’
- ‘Now, put down those tweezers and forget about eyebrows that look like they're penciled in.’
- ‘To punctuate his statement, he yanked the last offending hair out and set the tweezers down on his dresser.’
- ‘These needles are so small she has to handle them with tweezers and can locate stray ones only with a powerful magnet.’
- ‘You can use tweezers or brush them up and trim the really long hairs with a pair of tiny scissors (this is good for curly brows).’
- ‘Shards of the delicate ultra-pure tiles were being picked up with tweezers at the crash site on Thursday.’
- ‘Numerous methods are used for epilation, from tweezers to devices that pluck several hairs at once.’
- ‘He turned his head the other way to look at the other side and started plucking away with the tweezers.’
- ‘Pluck any hairs outside this line using tweezers with slanted ends, and always use a magnifying mirror so you don't pinch the skin, or miss any errant hairs.’
- ‘Also keep in mind that you're trimming your hair, not plucking it, so don't use tweezers.’
- ‘Carving knives, forks, metal nail files and tweezers are better left at home.’
- ‘Taking a pair of tweezers, Morgan carefully picked out the small pieces of cloth that were in the front of the bullet hole before going deeper to the bullet still lodged in his shoulder.’
- ‘That is just what we did, for when the needle grew red I plucked it from the fire using tweezers, and dropped it into a scrap of thick leather.’
- ‘If you plan to ride the trails, bring tweezers to pick out thorns and a snake bite kit/compression bandage.’
- ‘If you have strays within your bikini line, you can pluck them with tweezers or trim them very carefully with scissors.’
- ‘Whole ranges of razors and waxes and tweezers for every part of the body are fine too because just about every female removes body hair, in varying amounts.’
Mid 17th century: extended form of obsolete tweeze ‘case of surgical instruments’, shortening of etweese, anglicized plural of etui.
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