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.

1560–70; ply2 + -er1 Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
plier (ˈplaɪə)
a person who plies a trade

pliers (ˈplaɪəz)
pl n
a gripping tool consisting of two hinged arms with usually serrated jaws that close on the workpiece
[C16: from ply1]

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Word Origin & History

1568, formed from ply (n.). Fr. cognate plieur meant "folder."
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hand-operated tool for holding and gripping small articles or for bending and cutting wire. Slip-joint pliers have grooved jaws, and the pivot hole in one member is elongated so that the member can pivot in either of two positions in order to grasp objects of different size in the most effective way. On some pliers the jaws have a portion that can cut soft wire and nails

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Example sentences
While you are waiting, unscrew and remove the air vent, using a wrench or
  channel-type pliers if necessary.
Sometimes, bent metal guides can be straightened with pliers.
He can fix anything with a pair of pliers, a hammer, and an interesting oration
  in strong language.
Instead the researcher used needle nosed pliers to try to pry and remove the
  plug base from the receptacle.
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