from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Shears of the kinds used for shearing sheep, consisting of two sharp-pointed blades so connected by a spring at the back of the handles that they remain open when not in use. The blades are closed and brought into contact for cutting by the hand of the operator. See cuts under sheep-shears.
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"Christie is to cut it," said Shenac Bhan, laughing, and holding the wool-shears towards Mrs More.