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shear

verb [T]  us   /ʃɪr/ (past tense sheared, past participle sheared or shorn  /ʃɔrn, ʃoʊrn/ )

shear verb [T] (CUT)

to cut off the hair of an animal or a person: The barber sheared Jim’s hair, just like you’d shear a sheep.

shear

noun [U]  /ʃɪr/

shear noun [U] (MOVEMENT)

earth science movement in the plates in the surface of the earth that causes them to change shape or break
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