Synonyms for shears

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She could feel the shears against her hair, and she was so scared she swore like he told her.

Hubertine had taken up the shears to remodel one of the pieces of vellum.

She knew that Coupeau was jealous enough to attack Lantier with his shears.

Put the finger, protected by the cardboard, between the two points of the shears.

Shears for cutting tin and metal have long handles and short blades.

I only wish I had a machine, or shears or something, and more time, and I would do something to it.

Tie these two together at the ends making what the sailors call a "shears."

Once she took the shears and was going to cut off the tail, but Paul stopped her.

Mother Blossom handed him the shears and he cut the heavy cord.

Why should a man who has perceptions of the beautiful fear the barber's shears?

WORD ORIGIN

"large scissors," Old English scearra (plural) "shears, scissors," from Proto-Germanic *sker- "to cut" (cf. Middle Dutch schaer, Old High German scara, German Schere; see shear (v.)). In 17c., also "a device for raising the masts of ships" (1620s). As "scissors," OED labels it Scottish and dialectal. Chalk is no shears (1640s) was noted as a Scottish proverb expressing the gap between planning and doing.

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