ply1 past tense and past participle plied, present participle plying, third person singular plies
to work at your business, especially buying and selling things on the street:
In some areas, drug dealers openly ply their trade on street corners.
2 [intransitive,transitive always + adverb/preposition] writtenTTW
if a ship, bus etc plies between two places or across a place, it does that journey regularly
ply between/across etc
Two ferries ply between Tripoli and Malta every day.
3 British English
to try and get customers or passengers, in order to do business:
Continental airlines ply for trade in the UK.
4 [transitive] old use or literary
to use a tool skilfully
ply somebody with somethingphrasal verb
to keep giving someone large quantities of food or drink:
The local people plied me with beer, until I could barely move.
to keep asking someone questions