pliers

A pair of pliers is a tool that you can use to twist metal or to grip a tiny object. Jewelry makers often use small, narrow pliers to bend thin pieces of wire.

There are many different types of pliers that do various jobs, from large, wrench-like pliers that plumbers use on pipes to tiny "needle-nose pliers" that electricians can fit into narrow spaces and grip small wires. Why pliers always come in "pairs" like jeans, eyeglasses, and scissors is a bit of a mystery. The word stems from the verb ply, "work with" or "use."

Definitions of pliers
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n a gripping hand tool with two hinged arms and (usually) serrated jaws

Synonyms:
pair of pliers, plyers
Types:
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locking pliers
pliers that can be locked in place
needlenose pliers
small pliers with long thin jaws for fine work
pump-type pliers
a type of pliers
rib joint pliers
a type of pliers
slip-joint pliers
pliers with a joint adjustable to two positions in order to increase the opening of the jaws
Type of:
compound lever
a pair of levers hinged at the fulcrum
hand tool
a tool used with workers' hands

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