tool and die

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tool and die (plural tools and dies)

  1. One of the cutting tools and forming dies used by machine tools

Usage notes[edit]

Mostly used as an attributive noun.

The toolmakers are employed in tool and die jobbing shops
Wage rates for tool and die makers differ in various regions of the country

Singular use as a noun directly almost never occurs, usage is usually in the plural.

The manufacture of tools and dies is on the critical path of automobile development programs