small pincers in any of various forms, often with serrated jaws, for gripping small objects, bending wire, etc.
often pair of pliers
Origin of pliers; from ply
- To make clear the quantity under discussion clearer, the expressions "a pair of pliers" or "(however many) pairs of pliers" can be used.
- "A pliers" is somewhat awkward, though accepted in American English.
From ply (“to bend") +"Ž -ers, plural of -er.