- 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, ply·er.
Origin of plier
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Examples from the Web for plyer
Brocas of forty-three oaths, (on the information of a plyer for weddings there,) for which a warrant was granted to levy 4l.
- 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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