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pruning shears

noun

, (usually used with a plural verb)
  1. small, sturdy shears used for pruning shrubbery.


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Word History and Origins

Origin of pruning shears1

First recorded in 1800–10

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Example Sentences

Never touch it with the pruning-shears unless you want to spoil it.

"But I was going to—" He made a feeble beginning toward stooping for the pruning-shears.

She held a huge pair of pruning shears, clipping the honeysuckle away from the budding violet beds.

I prune very little, with the pruning shears, to remove watersprouts and interlocking limbs.

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

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