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pruning shears

noun, (usually used with a plural verb)
small, sturdy shears used for pruning shrubbery.
Origin of pruning shears
First recorded in 1800-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • That evening Monsieur Rquine was stooping over a dwarf-apple tree, string in one hand, pruning shears in the other.

    Home Fires in France Dorothy Canfield
  • This was fortunate because Mr. Black loved roses, and spent much time poking about among them with trowel and pruning shears.

    Dandelion Cottage Carroll Watson Rankin
  • Small branches may be cut close with a sharp knife or pruning shears.

  • An old gardener was upon the lawn, with a pair of pruning shears, looking after some bushes.

    Sister Carrie Theodore Dreiser
  • Run your pruning shears along this line and ruthlessly cut away everything that is not where it belongs.

    Amateur Gardencraft Eben E. Rexford
  • She held a huge pair of pruning shears, clipping the honeysuckle away from the budding violet beds.

    The Southerner Thomas Dixon
  • I prune very little, with the pruning shears, to remove watersprouts and interlocking limbs.

    The Apple Various
  • All broken or damaged parts on the roots should be trimmed smoothly with pruning shears.

  • If a branch does grow up over in summer, a wind like this the next winter just cuts it off like pruning shears.

    Boy Scouts in Glacier Park Walter Prichard Eaton

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