from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as sheers, 2.


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  • The later item seems impossible to find in a treeless place of low hills and snow until a miner named Lawson comes up with the idea of making a tripod of oars, lashings and guyropes — a "shears" (or shear-legs) in sailor lingo — to swing Jan off to his reward.

    “Why this longing for life? It is a game which no man wins.”

  • By exercising much ingenuity in devising shear-legs, he at last succeeded in lifting the masts into their allotted receptacles, where they were firmly secured.

    The Wings of the Morning


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