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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 (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 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.
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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.
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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 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 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.
See also: ply, trade

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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According to the sources, about 37,000 autos are not plying on the streets of Kolkata since August 1 as the state govt.
Plying for hire illegally invalidates a taxi's motor insurance.
Rowntree and Blake were each sentenced to a fine of pounds 200 for illegally plying for hire and received six penalty points for operating without insurance.
Private hire driver Saghir Hussain, 39, of Hospital Street, Walsall, admitted plying for hire and driving with no insurance.
Plying for hire is where a private hire driver stops and takes a fare in the street without it being prior booked.
A TAXI driver has been convicted of illegally plying for hire in an uninsured vehicle.
Railway administration told that plying trains on these routes will increase revenue of railway.
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).
As per details, the project of plying CNG bus service has been delayed as transporters are showing no interest in the project.