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pliers

[′plī·ərz]
(design engineering)
A small instrument with two handles and two grasping jaws, usually long and roughened, working on a pivot; used for holding small objects and cutting, bending, and shaping wire.

pliers

A hand tool, pincer-like, with scissors action, usually with serrated jaws; used for gripping, holding, bending, and cutting.
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The vehicle was chased, but its driver managed to escape and throw a pair of pliers out of the window.
A spokeswoman for Virgin Media told us: "We are genuinely sorry one of our engineers left a pair of pliers at Ms Dorrell's house after a routine visit.
But when police searched his Toyota Carina they found a pair of pliers which could be used for cutting steel.
KEITH Jackson, of Coldstream Terrace, Riverside, Cardiff, was fined pounds 200 after he and a friend tried to steal clothes from an Asda store by cutting off the security tags with a pair of pliers.
SANTA CLARITA - A pair of pliers on the steering shaft replace a standard steering wheel, clamps hold brake lines together and duct tape binds the weight bearing springs on some big rigs.
A can-do sort of a guy, the young man attempted a make-shift repair but was unable to cobble the jalopy together because he didn't have a pair of pliers.
And a 3/15-inch Allen tip, that can be stored in the grip making this more than just a pair of pliers, it actually functions as a multi-tool.
Among many pranks, he recalls finding a pair of pliers on the floor.
Saeed then ran straight into the arms of police officers while Nikolli was found hiding on a nearby flat roof by the officers who recovered torches, crowbars and a pair of pliers at the scene.
The pair equipped themselves with a pair of pliers to cut the security tags and remove the items from the shelves.
AN angler was saved from the jaws of an 11ft alligator when his son threw a pair of pliers at its head.