“There was way too much taking the Democratic line on this,” shear said.
The lure that snared thy fathers may trap thee, this Delilah may shear thy mystic locks.
Rise and shear—this flock of mine have too much wool on them.
You know Farmer Green said it would take Johnnie all day to shear him.
If you do not stop your impertinence, I will shear off your ears like cloth clippings!
Then both fell at his feet and besought him at once to shear off their hair.
The boys would say they kept sheep to shear them and get the wool.
I don't want to be shorn; I was born to shear, because I am very brave and am afraid of nobody.
Sterne might have reflected that it is not usually the custom to shear lambs.
The inclined tensions and compressions in the bars of a braced web are equivalent to this shear.
Old English sceran, scieran (class IV strong verb; past tense scear, past participle scoren) "to cleave, hew, cut with a sharp instrument; cut (hair); shear (sheep)," from Proto-Germanic *sker- "to cut" (cf. Old Norse and Old Frisian skera, Dutch scheren, German scheren "to shear"), from PIE *(s)ker- (1) "to cut, to scrape, to hack" (cf. Sanskrit krnati "hurts, wounds, kills," krntati "cuts;" Hittite karsh- "to cut off;" Greek keirein "to cut, shear;" Latin curtus "short;" Lithuanian skiriu "to separate;" Old Irish scaraim "I separate;" Welsh ysgar "to separate," ysgyr "fragment").
"act of clipping," 1610s, also as a unit of measure of the age of a sheep, from shear (v.). Scientific and mechanical sense "type of strain" is from 1850.