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A jack for heavy lifting, operated by a horizontal screw that raises or lowers a frame of hinged, rhombus-shaped linkages.
- ‘One wag has suggested that this be done with a side lift scissor jack, using the fold-up bent wire handle as supplied by most manufacturers.’
- ‘You're right to be wary of a scissor jack - apart from being awkward to use they have a small base, making them relatively unstable, and should only be used for emergency wheel changing (rather than general service work).’
- ‘To make the link, there is a platform that can rise or fall on scissor jacks; it can act as a goods lift or a rostrum for speakers.’
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