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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References in classic literature ?
Don't you know that to shut him up here and ply him with brandy is as much murder as though you stood with a knife at his throat?"
Now, you ply him with the `Trumpet,' Humphrey; and I will put the leeches on him.