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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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Origin of pruning shears

First recorded in 1800–10
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for pruning shears

Historical Examples

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

    Amateur Gardencraft

    Eben E. Rexford

  • As this can be done with pruning-shears, it may be an economical method of destroying them.

    Soil Culture

    J. H. Walden

  • I prune with pruning-shears and a chisel to increase the fruit; I think it pays.

    The Apple

    Various

  • The sharp knife and the pruning-shears have other uses in the June orchard.

    The Fat of the Land

    John Williams Streeter

  • Pruning-shears, and a pruning-pole, with a chisel at the end, can be procured of those who deal in agricultural utensils.

    A Treatise on Domestic Economy

    Catherine Esther Beecher