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ply (one's) trade

To go about one's normal business or employment. Despite the dominance of big supermarket chains, local vendors still ply their trade along the pedestrian area as they have done for decades.
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ply (someone) with (something)

To give someone something in large quantities, typically to receive some benefit in return. We plied Tom with alcohol to get him to reveal the dark secrets of his business.
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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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ply (someone with something else)

to try to supply or give something to someone. (Implies an attempt to influence or fawn upon someone.) We plied the mayor with gifts and favors, but it got us nowhere. Don't try to ply the police officer with gifts. That is considered a bribe.

ply for ˈhire/ˈtrade/ˈbusiness

(British English) look for customers, passengers, etc. in order to do business: There are plenty of taxis plying for hire outside the theatre.
See also: business, hire, ply, trade

ply your ˈtrade

(written) do your work or business: This is the restaurant where he plied his trade as a cook.
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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 ?
As we got a little nearer, it became plain she was a ship of merchandise; and what still more puzzled me, not only her decks, but the sea-beach also, were quite black with people, and skiffs were continually plying to and fro between them.
Meanwhile the gallant Jos had agreed to escort his sister and the Major's wife, the bulk of whose goods and chattels, including the famous bird of paradise and turban, were with the regimental baggage: so that our two heroines drove pretty much unencumbered to Ramsgate, where there were plenty of packets plying, in one of which they had a speedy passage to Ostend.
The jugglers remained in and about the town plying their trade; and Mr.
A TAXI driver has been convicted of illegally plying for hire in an uninsured vehicle.
LAHORE, August 20, 2010 (Balochistan Times): Lahore High Court has annulled the decision of Pakistan Railway regarding to close six trains plying at different routes across the country and directed railway to restart the closed trains within next 15 days.
Lahore, August 20, 2010 (Frontier Star): Lahore High Court has annulled the decision of Pakistan Railway regarding to close six trains plying at different routes across the country and directed railway to restart the closed trains within next 15 days.
Railway administration told that plying trains on these routes will increase revenue of railway.
As per details, the project of plying CNG bus service has been delayed as transporters are showing no interest in the project.
Using the type A durometer, the results after plying pieces to provide a 6 mm thick sample (the standard thickness for type A) was not equivalent to the value when tested with a type M durometer (figure 2).