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noun Chiefly British.
  1. plier.


  1. pliers, (sometimes used with a singular verb) small pincers with long jaws, for bending wire, holding small objects, etc. (usually used with pair of).
  2. a person or thing that plies.
Also especially British, ply·er.

Origin of plier

First recorded in 1560–70; ply2 + -er1
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Examples from the Web for plyer

Historical Examples

  • Brocas of forty-three oaths, (on the information of a plyer for weddings there,) for which a warrant was granted to levy 4l.

    The Chronicles of Crime or The New Newgate Calendar. v. 1/2

    Camden Pelham

British Dictionary definitions for plyer


  1. a person who plies a trade
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Word Origin and History for plyer



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

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