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shear legs

noun (usually used with a plural verb)
  1. shear(def 16).
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Also sheerlegs.

Origin of shear legs

First recorded in 1855–60
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Examples from the Web for shear legs

Historical Examples of shear legs

  • The shoots were supported by shear-legs and ropes, and were supplied with water from a centrifugal pump in the engine room.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 7


  • Another variety of loader is formed of three shear-legs with block and tackle.