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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.
Origin of plier
1560-1570
1560-70; ply2 + -er1
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pliers

/ˈplaɪəz/
plural noun
1.
a gripping tool consisting of two hinged arms with usually serrated jaws that close on the workpiece
Word Origin
C16: from ply1

plier

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

"pincers," 1560s, plural agent noun from ply (n.). French cognate plieur meant "folder."

plier

n.

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

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