- 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 plier
Wet the spokes well and with a plier press them hard and turn them up.
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.Aviation Engines
Victor Wilfred Pag
A meeting of the plier manufacturers of the country was called and the question was put before them.America's Munitions 1917-1918
Wet the spokes again and with the plier press the spokes well and bend them outward for a slight flare.
- a person who plies a trade
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Word Origin and History for plier
"one who folds," 1670s, agent noun from ply (v.).
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