A good pair of shears should be heavy and sharp; this pair, which I use, is both.
And no, he did not come to clients' homes himself with a pair of shears to do the snipping to their personal specifications.
One carried a distaff, one a ball of cord, and one a pair of shears, in imitation of the traditional three.
There is no doubt about it, shears has caught him in a trap.
shears were erected to raise the higher logs, and shingles, which are thin split planks of fir, formed the roof.
"Certainly," said shears, all the more politely, as he had no choice.
It is a dull red color, and can be readily cut by means of a pair of tinman's shears.
"I mark the king," said shears, firing a shot with his revolver.
As the beautiful roses fell beneath his shears, Mary caught up a tiny red rosebud.
shears uttered them with an inexpressible sense of satisfaction.
"large scissors," Old English scearra (plural) "shears, scissors," from Proto-Germanic *sker- "to cut" (cf. Middle Dutch schaer, Old High German scara, German Schere; see shear (v.)). In 17c., also "a device for raising the masts of ships" (1620s). As "scissors," OED labels it Scottish and dialectal. Chalk is no shears (1640s) was noted as a Scottish proverb expressing the gap between planning and doing.
Old English sceran, scieran (class IV strong verb; past tense scear, past participle scoren) "to cleave, hew, cut with a sharp instrument; cut (hair); shear (sheep)," from Proto-Germanic *sker- "to cut" (cf. Old Norse and Old Frisian skera, Dutch scheren, German scheren "to shear"), from PIE *(s)ker- (1) "to cut, to scrape, to hack" (cf. Sanskrit krnati "hurts, wounds, kills," krntati "cuts;" Hittite karsh- "to cut off;" Greek keirein "to cut, shear;" Latin curtus "short;" Lithuanian skiriu "to separate;" Old Irish scaraim "I separate;" Welsh ysgar "to separate," ysgyr "fragment").
"act of clipping," 1610s, also as a unit of measure of the age of a sheep, from shear (v.). Scientific and mechanical sense "type of strain" is from 1850.