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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SHEAR

Good father,” cried he, “I will shear sheep, but not wolves!

Rise and shear—this flock of mine have too much wool on them.

When the moon rises, I will call the flock you have to shear.

If you do not stop your impertinence, I will shear off your ears like cloth clippings!

The boys would say they kept sheep to shear them and get the wool.

Sterne might have reflected that it is not usually the custom to shear lambs.

Didn't you know that Farmer Green and the hired man had begun to shear us?

You know Farmer Green said it would take Johnnie all day to shear him.

He's a fool that marries at Yule; for when the bairn's to bear the corn's to shear.

Then the hawk whispered to Shibli Bagarag, 'Forward and shear him!'

WORD ORIGIN

Old English sceran, scieran (class IV strong verb; past tense scear, past participle scoren) "to cleave, hew, cut with a sharp instrument; cut (hair); shear (sheep)," from Proto-Germanic *sker- "to cut" (cf. Old Norse and Old Frisian skera, Dutch scheren, German scheren "to shear"), from PIE *(s)ker- (1) "to cut, to scrape, to hack" (cf. Sanskrit krnati "hurts, wounds, kills," krntati "cuts;" Hittite karsh- "to cut off;" Greek keirein "to cut, shear;" Latin curtus "short;" Lithuanian skiriu "to separate;" Old Irish scaraim "I separate;" Welsh ysgar "to separate," ysgyr "fragment").

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