ply for business

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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.
See also: business, ply

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
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But if they are repeatedly found plying for business they can be taken to court as a last resort.
But if they are repeatedly found plying for business on the street they can be taken to court as a last resort.
What I would like to know is about taxis plying for business private hire in shopping centres like Morrisons in Cowgate and in West Denton, where they have someone standing in the entrance who gets a taxi for you.
Randolph Turpin's Bar is still plying for business at the 679ft summit.
PC Humpherson said: "Passengers accepting lifts from private hire drivers plying for business aren't insured in the event of being injured in an accident; only Hackney Carriage vehicles can take onstreet fares.