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ply (one) with (something)

To give one something (especially in large quantities) in order to coax them into providing some benefit in return. We plied Tom with alcohol to get him to reveal the dark secrets of his business. These documents make it clear that the lobbyists plied the senator with lavish trips.
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ply for trade

To seek out or try to engage new customers. Said especially of taxi services. Primarily heard in UK. The city council has introduced new measures to crack down on the number of taxis allowed to stop outside of pubs and theatres plying for trade.
See also: ply, trade

ply for business

To seek out or try to engage new customers. Said especially of taxi services. Primarily heard in UK. The city council has introduced new measures to crack down on the number of taxis allowed to stop outside of pubs and theatres plying for business.
See also: business, ply

ply for hire

To seek out or try to engage new customers. Said especially of taxi services. Primarily heard in UK. The city council has introduced new measures to crack down on the number of taxis allowed to stop outside of pubs and theatres plying for hire.
See also: hire, ply

ply between

To traverse or sail between (two places) frequently and regularly. There's a ferry that plies between the island and the mainland twice a week. We have a line of cargo ships that ply between America and Japan several times a month.
See also: between, ply

ply between (something and something else)

to travel between things or places regularly or constantly. There are a number of small craft that ply between Santerem and Manaus on a regular basis. Our little ship was unable to ply the entire distance between the two islands.
See also: between, ply
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Plied belts such as Plylok Supreme and Plylok, and straight warp belts like Wearlok are the most commonly used, although Polyvinylok, a PVC belt, is often used in the mining of coal, potash and other soft minerals.
Hardy Poole, director of the product services division of the American Textiles Manufacturers' Institute, said, "Historically, in the United States, plied yarn counts as a single yarn, but in fabrics from offshore, labeled in their country of origin, plied yarns may be counted as two."
"A yarn -- whether it is single or plied -- is still a yarn," he said.
2 : to keep supplying <They plied their guest with food.>
22) suggests that samples be plied to increase their effective thickness; this was done to determine the effect of varying sample thickness.
Once the 2 mm thick samples were plied to 8 mm thick (the standard thickness required for the IRHD dead load tester) the results came within the specified tolerances of the test pieces.