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[edit] Word or phrase of Ugandan English

Pliers (noun)

[edit] Meaning or equivalent in standard English

Figure of speech employed in relation to a "detoother" or "dentist" (gold-digger). Pliers are seen as tools of the trade of detoothing (extracting money or material things from a lover or partner).

[edit] Usage of the word or phrase

A person who is renowned for detoothing may be said to have big or sharp pliers. E.g. "Watch out; she has very sharp pliers."

If someone comes with their pliers, it means they have come ready or with the intention to detooth: "She came armed with her pliers."

[edit] Origin of the word or phrase

See "detoother".

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