Meaning of TOOL in English



Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English.


A ~ is any instrument or simple piece of equipment that you hold in your hands and use to do a particular kind of work. For example, spades, hammers, and knives are all ~s.

I find the best ~ for the purpose is a pair of shears.


see also machine ~


You can refer to anything that you use for a particular purpose as a particular type of ~.

The video has become an invaluable teaching ~...

N-COUNT: usu with supp, oft N for -ing/n


If you describe someone as a ~ of a particular person, group, or system, you mean that they are controlled and used by that person, group, or system, especially to do unpleasant or dishonest things.

He became the ~ of the security services.

= puppet

N-COUNT: usu N of n disapproval


If you say that workers down ~s, you mean that they stop working suddenly in order to strike or to make a protest of some kind. (BRIT)

PHRASE: V inflects


The ~s of your trade or the ~s of the trade are the skills, instruments, and other equipment that you need in order to do your job properly.

They’re here to learn the ~s of their trade from their American colleagues...

PHRASE: PHR after v, oft v-link PHR

Collins COBUILD.      Толковый словарь английского языка для изучающих язык Коллинз COBUILD (международная база данных языков Бирмингемского университета) .