shear off

phrasal verb
sheared off; sheared off or shorn off; shearing off; shears off

Definition of shear off

1 : to become separated suddenly because of great force The excess weight caused the bolt to shear off.
2 : to remove (something) with great force The impact of the crash sheared off the airplane's wing.

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“Shear off.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shear%20off. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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