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pliers Line breaks: pli¦ers
Pronunciation: /ˈplʌɪəz/
(also a pair of pliers)

Definition of pliers in English:

plural noun

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Pincers with parallel, flat, and typically serrated surfaces, used chiefly for gripping small objects or bending wire: a pair of pliers
More example sentences
  • With pliers, bend the wire ends back into the button so they won't snag the garment fabric.
  • Picking up a pair of discarded pliers he snipped two wires and replaced some of the others.
  • Right next to his corpse, electric wires, clippers, pliers, and screwdrivers lie strewn across the sidewalk.


Mid 16th century: from dialect ply 'bend', from French plier 'to bend', from Latin plicare 'to fold'.

Words that rhyme with pliers

Blackfriars, Briers
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