And more so because I plied the same trade as Llewyn Davis for a while.
They plied him with wine and cigars, and rallied him on his pure demure face.
I plied the pole vigorously, and soon propelled the raft to the place where he stood.
We went back to the south field and plied our seven rakes vigorously for an hour and a half.
They plied their paddles with all diligence, and run into the eastern shore.
Then they gave him a shovel, and his two companions saw that he used it while they plied the grub-hoe.
He broke the oar he had plied so long, and he scuttled and sank the galley.
Poor Fowlers ears were still red from the questions which Eileen had plied him with.
On the return trip, I plied the long lash to the leading pair.
The localities in which the trade of wit was plied were, then, the clubs, and the drawing-rooms of fashionable beauties.
"work with, use," late 14c., shortened form of applien "join to, apply" (see apply). The core of this is Latin plicare "to lay, fold, twist," from PIE root *plek- "to plait, twist" (cf. Greek plekein "to plait, twine," plektos "twisted;" Latin plectere (past participle plexus) "to plait, braid, intertwine;" Old Church Slavonic plesti "to braid, plait, twist;" Gothic flahta "braid;" Old English fleax "cloth made with flax, linen").
Sense of "travel regularly" is first 1803, perhaps from earlier sense "steer a course" (1550s). Related: Plied; plies; plying.
"to bend," late 14c., plien, from Old French plier, earlier pleier "to fold, bend," from Latin plicare "to lay, fold, twist" (see ply (v.1)). Related: Plied; plies; plying.