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plier

[plahy-er] /ˈplaɪ ər/
noun
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, plyer.
Origin
1560-1570
1560-70; ply2 + -er1
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  • But all pliers are not equal and this gave rise to the search for the perfect plier--bigger, stronger grip,.
British Dictionary definitions for plier

plier

/ˈplaɪə/
noun
1.
a person who plies a trade
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Word Origin and History for plier
n.

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

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