large scissors, as for cutting cloth, jointing poultry, etc
a large scissor-like and usually hand-held cutting tool with flat blades, as for cutting hedges
any of various analogous cutting or clipping implements or machines
short for sheerlegs
off the shears Australian informal (of a sheep) newly shorn
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How to use shears in a sentence
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Good kitchen shears make light work out of everything from opening packages to taking the back out of a chicken.
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.
Rather, she is hacking it off with a pair of kitchen shears.
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I have always thought of the shears by its Gaelic name, but it is past my power to spell it.
If you take a pair of shears, close and open them and then try to pronounce the sound you hear, you will have the Gaelic name.
Swiftly but carefully the shears went snipping along her back and down the sides.
It was doubtless a great improvement on the old shears—the kind that memory associates with boyish haircuts.