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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 Zilla-Tool started life as a pair of pliers and wire-cutters, then grew a 3" knife on its spine and a ratchet on its tail.
A TA soldier pulled his own teeth out with a pair of pliers - because he could not find a dentist to take on NHS patients.
The heroic homeowner was stabbed in the head with a pair of pliers after wrestling with the culprit but only suffered minor injuries and managed to restrain him until police arrived.
The raiders pushed their way into her house, threatened her with the knife and a pair of pliers. After searching the house they escaped in the woman's blue Mini Cooper along with a white Honda Civic, thought to be a Type R model.
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.
He said Miss Franklin's nose was badly damaged and this had been caused by the defendant inserting a pair of pliers up her nose and squeezing.
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.