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pruning shears

noun, (usually used with a plural verb)
small, sturdy shears used for pruning shrubbery.
Origin of pruning shears
1800-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • "With the result that I had to buy a new pair of pruning-shears," said the Idiot.

    The Idiot at Home John Kendrick Bangs
  • Never touch it with the pruning-shears unless you want to spoil it.

    Amateur Gardencraft Eben E. Rexford
  • I prune with pruning-shears and a chisel to increase the fruit; I think it pays.

    The Apple Various
  • As this can be done with pruning-shears, it may be an economical method of destroying them.

    Soil Culture J. H. Walden
  • Its height is fully seventy feet, and its crown is as flat as though cut off with a mammoth pair of pruning-shears.

    Pastoral Days William Hamilton Gibson
  • The sharp knife and the pruning-shears have other uses in the June orchard.

    The Fat of the Land John Williams Streeter
  • pruning-shears, and a pruning-pole, with a chisel at the end, can be procured of those who deal in agricultural utensils.

    A Treatise on Domestic Economy Catherine Esther Beecher
  • There was a robin singing in a bush under the window, and there was some one in the garden with a pair of pruning-shears.

    Master Skylark John Bennett
  • "But I was going to—" He made a feeble beginning toward stooping for the pruning-shears.

    Ralestone Luck Andre Norton

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