clipshear

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clipshear (plural clipshears)

  1. (Scotland) Earwig
    • 1888, David Gray, Josephus Nelson Larned, Life, letters, poems, etc, page 7:
      I looked over the stair-windows, however, and saw the back green, which smells of clipshears and clockers, as of yore.
    • 2004, Jennie Erdal, Ghosting: A Memoir, page 20:
      I also learned from my father how to drown baby mice in a rain barrel, crush a clipshear between my thumbnails, and assist in the skinning of a rabbit.
    • 2017, Catriona McPherson, Dandy Gilver and a Spot of Toil and Trouble, →ISBN:
      Those tapestries were like a zoological garden, seething with slaters and clipshears.

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