Meaning of TOOL in English

TOOL

/ tuːl; NAmE / noun , verb

■ noun

1.

an instrument such as a hammer, screwdriver , saw , etc. that you hold in your hand and use for making things, repairing things, etc. :

garden tools

a cutting tool

power tools (= using electricity)

Always select the right tool for the job.

2.

a thing that helps you to do your job or to achieve sth :

research tools like questionnaires

The computer is now an invaluable tool for the family doctor.

Some of them carried the guns which were the tools of their trade (= the things they needed to do their job) .

3.

a person who is used or controlled by another person or group :

The prime minister was an unwitting tool of the president.

4.

( taboo , slang ) a penis

IDIOMS

see down verb

■ verb

[ v + adv. / prep. ] ( NAmE , informal ) to drive around in a vehicle

PHRASAL VERBS

- tool up | tool sb/sth up

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WORD ORIGIN

Old English tōl , from a Germanic base meaning prepare. The verb dates from the early 19th cent.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.