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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]

shears

cutting instruments for the removal of wool—sheep shears, or for trimming the hooves of sheep and goats—hoof shears.

hoof shears
a rugged pair of shears like secateurs but with sharp-pointed blades. The spring in the handle keeps the blades open and pressing the handles shut operates the shears.
plaster shears
see plaster shears.
sheep shears
1. hand shears are sharp-pointed, with wide blades and have a spring at the handle which opens the blades. They have to be closed to cut the wool.
2. mechanical or power shears are driven by a rotating, flexible shaft converting to a reciprocating movement of a cutter in a comb at right angles to the shearer's hand; the cutter and comb comprise the handpiece.
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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 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.
LINDLEY | Phone wires to The Village Surgery on Thomas Street were cut with a pair of shears on October 6 in the afternoon.
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.
It just needs someone with a fork and a pair of shears for an hour.
She could also send a surplus spade, And a pair of shears that were in her shed.
Members of the monarchy do not usually get involved in clandestine activities, but armed with a pair of shears Camilla embraced the cause and harvested lavender flowers from a roundabout in the capital.
scars a with By then, my wife's words had settled in the ears of a young man with a smile as wide as a circus ring, whose admirable beef had been directed towards a pair of shears and an unyielding bush of brambles on the other side of the fence.