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shear

verb

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1 to make (something) shorter or smaller with the use of a cutting instrument
  • it took almost a week to shear all the wool off the flock of sheep

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2 to penetrate with a sharp edge (as a knife)
  • the shark's razor-sharp teeth sheared the swimmer's flesh right down to the bone

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The first known use of shear was before the 12th century

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“Shear.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/shear. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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