ply (one) with (something)

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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 with

v.
To give someone substantial amounts of something, such as drinks or other favors, especially to encourage cooperation or to manipulate: She plied the spy with wine, hoping that he would reveal his true identity.
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In any case, the interview started at the FPJ movie studio, then moved to a club nearby, where Ronnie plied us with 'endless' bottles of beer as he answered our questions.
We had a great time meeting Lady Gaga this week (mainly because during our five-hour wait at her hotel, she kindly plied us with champagne) so we're pleased to see her comeback single Perfect Illusion was the highest new entry on this week's chart at No 12.
Andy Johnson and Naomi Lowe plied us with their rich vocal harmonies and turn on the hot and cold taps for their kitchen sink dramas.
Our gregarious wine expert Wendy Gedney, who runs tour firm Vin en Vacances, gave us a brilliant day and plied us with enough wine to drown a horse.
But we returned from the capital last week impressed by the people we met there - from the Turkish waiters in a restaurant we frequented on our first night, who plied us with free food and proudly showed off their frescoed ceiling, to the police officers guarding the gates at the Houses of Parliament, who couldn't have been more helpful and courteous.
In the heat of the day the family plied us with regular supplies of cold drinks and fresh fruit." He and other visitors then joined the local community for an annual olive harvest festival featuring musicians, colourful dancers, olive oil tasting and enormous helpings of a pizza-sized flatbread with onions, almonds and spices, served with chicken.
Our guide plied us with endless facts, figures and clips of the soap's most famous stars - from Kylie Minogue to Holly Valance - which would have dazzled a Mastermind contestant.
An accordionist played Under The Bridges Of Paris and waiters in French berets plied us with Pernod - not corny, just very romantic.
The famous movie mogul's sentiments notwithstanding, filmmakers have long plied us with moral messages in the process of entertaining us.
They plied us with Champagne in the press room at The Hawthorns on Saturday night after promotion was clinched.
The staff, caught up in the magic, plied us with champagne, gave us roses and Louise pledged her love over the tannoy system, to win pounds 100 off our kitchen.
At the Cluny they plied us with the kind of melodic guitar riffs that Teenage Fanclub would have been proud of in their heyday.
An accordionist played Under the Bridges of Paris, and waiters in French berets plied us with Pernod - not corny, just very romantic.
Joseph McIntyre said: "At night, MacDonald plied us with alcohol and abused us.
There we were well looked after by the staff, who plied us with tequila slammers, Jack Daniels and the ever popular Mojito.