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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.
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A yarn -- whether it is single or plied -- is still a yarn," he said.
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.
6 mm thickness) were plied, taking the thickness of the sample into the standard tolerance region (and slightly beyond).
This is apparent when the IRHD dead load result of plied micro samples corresponds with the standard result on an IRHD micro instrument.
In general, when the nitrile, polychloroprene and silicone samples were plied, a trend of decreasing hardness with increasing thickness was observed.