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scis·sors

(siz'ŏrz), Avoid using the backformation scissor as a singular noun meaning 'pair of scissors'.
An instrument with two blades, moving on a pivot, that cut against each other.
Synonym(s): shears
[L. scindo, pp. scissus, to cut]

scis·sors

(siz'ŏrz)
An instrument with two blades, moving on a pivot, which cut against each other.
Synonym(s): shears.
[L. scindo, pp. scissus, to cut]
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The Crown say he fetched a camping gas cylinder, stabbed and punctured it with a pair of shears, lit the escaping gas and threw it down a stairway.
There is, for instance, a dramatic vignette of him seizing a pair of shears and cutting out the Emperor's costume for the new Diaghilev-Stravinsky ballet Le Chant du Rossignol--an anticipation of the decisive role scissors, wielded with speed and courage, would have in the spectacular decorative works of his old age.
On a bright sunny day in Kensington's Holland Park, the Minister removed his jacket and wielded a pair of shears next to a huge Leylandii - one of the types of hedge that has caused bitter rows between neighbours.
He took the tiny bundle from her mother's arms, gingerly cut open the sac with a pair of shears, and used an obstetrical kit to suction the girl's tiny mouth and nose.
"When paper bales go to the mill, they are conveyed for cutting, often done by either a person with a pair of shears or by an automated saw that cuts the wires," says Harris.
They are prepared to misbehave, and fail to concentrate to the point where someone lops off their wedding tackle with a pair of shears - and that's about as stupid as it gets.
And if my luck holds, I've made a hole big enough to insert a pair of shears, and I can cut around the box without ending up with a loose-leaf book.
Some manufacturers don't sell parts but may replace a broken pair of shears under the warranty; ask your dealer.
The police recovered a pair of shears and a knife which they believed were the weapons used.
The killer said he believed an intruder was in the house, that he went round to the back garden where he picked up a broken blade from a pair of shears, and when he saw a man coming out the back he panicked, lunged at him and stabbed him once in the leg.
And thank you to the reader who sent me the following quote: "Marriage resembles a pair of shears, so joined that they cannot be separated; often moving in opposite directions, yet always punishing anyone who comes between them."
Here, Kogelnik stands in her best rock-star pose, sporting a black trench coat and goggles, holding a massive pair of shears between her legs.