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[plahy-er] /ˈplaɪ ər/
pliers, (sometimes used with a singular verb) small pincers with long jaws, for bending wire, holding small objects, etc. (usually used with pair of).
a person or thing that plies.
Also, especially British, plyer.
Origin of plier
First recorded in 1560-70; ply2 + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Wet the spokes well and with a plier press them hard and turn them up.

    Practical Basketry Anna A. Gill
  • Another use of this plier, also indicated, is to bend over the ends of the split pin in order to prevent it from falling out.

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    Victor Wilfred Pag
  • A meeting of the plier manufacturers of the country was called and the question was put before them.

  • Wet the spokes again and with the plier press the spokes well and bend them outward for a slight flare.

    Practical Basketry Anna A. Gill
British Dictionary definitions for plier


a person who plies a trade
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for plier

"one who folds," 1670s, agent noun from ply (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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