A good pair of shears should be heavy and sharp; this pair, which I use, is both.
And no, he did not come to clients' homes himself with a pair of shears to do the snipping to their personal specifications.
One carried a distaff, one a ball of cord, and one a pair of shears, in imitation of the traditional three.
She could feel the shears against her hair, and she was so scared she swore like he told her.
shears were erected to raise the higher logs, and shingles, which are thin split planks of fir, formed the roof.
Hubertine had taken up the shears to remodel one of the pieces of vellum.
It is a dull red color, and can be readily cut by means of a pair of tinman's shears.
Tie these two together at the ends making what the sailors call a "shears."
As the beautiful roses fell beneath his shears, Mary caught up a tiny red rosebud.
Once she took the shears and was going to cut off the tail, but Paul stopped her.
"large scissors," Old English scearra (plural) "shears, scissors," from Proto-Germanic *sker- "to cut" (cf. Middle Dutch schaer, Old High German scara, German Schere; see shear (v.)). In 17c., also "a device for raising the masts of ships" (1620s). As "scissors," OED labels it Scottish and dialectal. Chalk is no shears (1640s) was noted as a Scottish proverb expressing the gap between planning and doing.
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.