pliers

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A pair of jewellers pliers

Etymology[edit]

From ply (to bend) +‎ -ers, plural of -er.

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pliers (plural only)

  1. A gripping tool that multiplies the strength of the user's hand
    I need a pair of pliers to get a good grip on that broken screw.
  2. plural form of plier

Usage notes[edit]

  • To make clear the quantity under discussion clearer, the expressions "a pair of pliers" or "(however many) pairs of pliers" can be used.
  • "A pliers" is somewhat awkward, though accepted in American English.

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