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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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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.
The raiders pushed their way into her house, threatened her with the knife and a pair of pliers.
The pair equipped themselves with a pair of pliers to cut the security tags and remove the items from the shelves.
Webb-Harries got a pair of pliers and heated them, before burning Mr Goldsmith on the arm and back.
The group were chased by police vehicles in the centre of town after they were seen throwing a pair of pliers out of the car window.
You can use it like a pair of pliers (it's like a pliers on steroids) with just your hand pressure putting the squeeze on the job.
He was sent away empty-handed, only to return a short while later to ask if he could borrow a pair of pliers.
He was sent away empty- handed - only to return a short while later to ask if he could borrow a pair of pliers.
Mr Justice Hunt, sitting at Birmingham Crown Court, said the sentence was 'inevitable' after hearing how Andrew Dexter had caused serious injury to Sharon Franklin with a blow torch and a pair of pliers.
This palm-size toolbox includes a pair of pliers (choose flat- or needle-nose versions), a cutting blade, wood saw, metal saw, metal file, can opener, bottle opener, ruler, flathead screwdriver, and a detachable socket bit holder equipped with six different bits magnetized to fit firmly to the adapter.
No surprise then that when the Manchester City defender was troubled with a spot of toothache, his answer was to borrow a pair of pliers and try to remove the offending molar.