tweezers

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A pair of stamp tweezers.

Etymology[edit]

17th century (1645–55): plural of tweeser (on the model of nippers, pincers, pliers or scissors), from obsolete tweeze ‎(case for small instruments) (or alternatively, alteration of plural form tweezes), aphetic form of earlier etweese (plural of etwee), from French étuis, plural of French étui ‎(case, box, cover) (from Old French estui ‎(container, prison, noun), derivative of Old French étuier (earlier spelling, Old French estuier ‎(to shut up, guard, keep, preserve, save, enclose, place in a cover), probably from Vulgar Latin *estudiāre ‎(to keep, treat with care) or *studiāre, from Latin studēre ‎(to care about).

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tweezers pl ‎(plural only)

  1. A small pincerlike instrument, usually made of metal, used for handling or picking up small objects (such as postage stamps), plucking out (plucking) hairs, pulling out slivers, etc.

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