English version

ply somebody with something

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishply somebody with something phrasal verb1 GIVEto keep giving someone large quantities of food or drink The local people plied me with beer, until I could barely move.2 ply somebody with questionsASK A QUESTION to keep asking someone questions ply→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
ply with In their generosity, or relief of getting out of the kitchen, they ply me with bag loads of organic vegetables.Enchanted, she too watched the sweet-faced boy who was chattering excitedly while his fond father plied him with Carnival cakes.It became a joke to ply him with half-pints of beer and fantasies about each other's unfitness for battle.As Crilly can not drive, I ply myself with junk food and coffee, preparing myself for the wheel.He is assiduous in plying me with melba toast, and has the charm one always associates with a private homosexual.It was probably the effect of the wine that Giles had plied her with so freely.Mandy had plied her with tender loving care until the tears had come.Finally, Mr Hung may ply you with the baked barbecue pork bun.ply somebody with questionsShe had been there before and was very tolerant of the young man plying her with questions.Ungerer spent a long time plying them with questions.
From Longman Business Dictionaryply somebody with something phrasal verb [transitive] to keep giving someone something in order to persuade them to do somethingThe sales force plied doctors with free samples. ply→ See Verb table
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Verb table
ply
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theyply
he, she, itplies
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyplied
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave plied
he, she, ithas plied
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad plied
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill ply
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have plied
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam plying
he, she, itis plying
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you, we, theyare plying
Past
I, he, she, itwas plying
you, we, theywere plying
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been plying
he, she, ithas been plying
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been plying
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be plying
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been plying
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