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verb shear pronunciation in American English /ʃɪr/
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present tense
present participleshearing
past tensesheared
past participlesheared or shorn
  1. 1
    [transitive] to cut the wool from a sheep
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    shear off

    [intransitive/transitive] to remove a part of something by cutting or breaking it, or to be removed in this way
    His airplane sheared off the tops of the trees.
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red market

the buying and selling of human organs

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