Synonyms for scissors

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"I'll use my scissors and needle on them to-night," she said, ruthlessly.

Cut off as much of it as is soft with a penknife or scissors.

On the table our pair of scissors will cut up all your old books.

The word "pair" as it is used then had no more meaning than when we now say "a pair of scissors."

The girl was trying to loosen the door hinges with the points of her scissors.

Kate took up the scissors and went on with her work uneasily.

"Scissors, Nancy," he shouted, throwing the parcel on the table.

The edges of his shirt-cuffs had been trimmed with the scissors.

When dry remove the thread with scissors and the wires by a slight twist with pliers.

Cut off base of fins, when encountered, with scissors or bone snips.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., sisoures, from Old French cisoires (plural) "shears," from Vulgar Latin *cisoria (plural) "cutting instrument," from *cisus (in compounds such as Latin excisus, past participle of excidere "to cut out"), ultimately from Latin caedere "to cut" (see -cide). Spelling with sc- is 16c., from influence of Medieval Latin scissor "tailor," in classical Latin "carver, cutter," from past participle stem of scindere "to split."

Usually with pair of (attested from c.1400) when indication of just one is required, but a singular form without the -s occasionally was used (cysowre, mid-15c.). In Scotland, shears answers for all sizes, according to OED; but in England generally that word is used only for those too large to be worked by one hand. Sense in wrestling is from 1904. Oh scissors! was a 19c. exclamation of impatience or disgust (1843). In reference to a type of swimming kick, from 1902 (the image itself is from 1880s).

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