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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Eight women sent away for instruction booklets, pliers, beads, crosses and hundreds of feet of wire.
▪ He had to know when the pliers clamped down, so he could start the count.
▪ He put down is pliers and looked up at her.
▪ His teeth were extracted with pliers and he was dragged by the tail of a galloping horse.
▪ Mr Reaves himself likens his operation to tinkering on a Model A Ford with screwdrivers and a pair of pliers.
▪ The valve can still be operated by gripping the stub in a pair of pliers, but it will defeat small children.
▪ They should now be secured by carefully bending their leads, using long-nosed pliers, at right angles as shown.
▪ This has often meant having to use pliers and then replacing the staples with new ones.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Pliers \Pli"ers\, n. pl. [From Ply to bend, fold.] A kind of small pinchers with long jaws, -- used for bending or cutting metal rods or wire, for handling small objects such as the parts of a watch, etc.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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


n. 1 A gripping tool that multiplies the strength of the user's hand 2 (plural of plier English)Category:English plurals


n. a gripping hand tool with two hinged arms and (usually) serrated jaws [syn: pair of pliers, plyers]


Pliers are a hand tool used to hold objects firmly, possibly developed from tongs used to handle hot metal in Bronze Age Europe. They are also useful for bending and compressing a wide range of materials. Generally, pliers consist of a pair of metal first-class levers joined at a fulcrum positioned closer to one end of the levers, creating short jaws on one side of the fulcrum, and longer handles on the other side. This arrangement creates a mechanical advantage, allowing the force of the hand's grip to be amplified and focused on an object with precision. The jaws can also be used to manipulate objects too small or unwieldy to be manipulated with the fingers.

Pincers are a similar tool with a different type of head used for cutting and pulling, rather than squeezing. Tools designed for safely handling hot objects are usually called tongs. Special tools for making crimp connections in electrical and electronic applications are often called "crimping pliers"; each type of connection uses its own dedicated tool.

There are many kinds of pliers made for various general and specific purposes.

Pliers (singer)

Pliers (born Everton Bonner on 4 April 1963, Kingston, Jamaica), is a Jamaican Reggae singer best known for his collaborations with deejay Chaka Demus under the name Chaka Demus & Pliers. He is one of the Bonner brothers all of whom are reggae artists, including, Richie Spice and Spanner Banner.

Pliers started his career performing under the name 'Blues Melody', acquiring his more famous moniker due to an apparent similarity to fellow singer Pinchers.

He had a number of early hits, working for producers such as Coxone Dodd and Winston Riley, but never achieved huge success as a solo artist, in contrast to the immense success of his partnership with Chaka Demus.

His solo song "Bam Bam" was featured on the fictional radio station K-Jah West in the soundtrack to the game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.

Usage examples of "pliers".

His tools were neatly lined up: a pair of needle-nose pliers, two ice picks, a knife, a ruler, a container of glycerin, and loops of cane held together with clothespins.

He took a hammer in his right hand, a Stillson wrench, heavy pliers and a cold chisel in his left.

Use the jaws of the pliers to press parallel wires in the twist together, and to tighten the twist.

Using the pliers of the Leatherman, I eventually pulled the heads off the three rounds and poured the dark grain propellant onto the under.

I stayed on my knees and retrieved the two flash cards from my jeans, and with the pliers part of my Leatherman I cracked and bent them into unusable shapes.

I leaned out, squeezing hard with the mbber soles of my feet, got the pliers part of the Leatherman over the line, and snipped.

The archwizard screamed, but a thumb and finger like pliers snagged her tongue, pierced it, yanked.

His voice darkening, the false notes fading quickly, Hawkes continued, adding, "No tugging on his nails with pliers, no inserting thin glass tubes into his urethra and then bombarding him with sexual images until he goes erect and castrates himself.

But if this turns out to be anything but copasetic I’ll peel your skin off with pliers.

But the word of Mr Costello was an unwelcome language for him for he nauseated the wretch that seemed to him a cropeared creature of a misshapen gibbosity, born out of wedlock and thrust like a crookback toothed and feet first into the world, which the dint of the surgeon's pliers in his skull lent indeed a colour to, so as to put him in thought of that missing link of creation's chain desiderated by the late ingenious Mr Darwin.