Date: 1300-1400
Origin: apply


1 verb
Related topics: Water
ply1 past tense and past participle plied, present participle plying, third person singular plies

ply your trade

literary 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.

ply for hire/trade

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 something

phrasal verb
1 to keep giving someone large quantities of food or drink:
The local people plied me with beer, until I could barely move.

ply somebody with questions

to keep asking someone questions

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