pear ( pears plural ) A pear is a sweet, juicy fruit which is narrow near its stalk, and wider and rounded at the bottom. Pears have white flesh and thin green or yellow skin. n-count
1 adj Something that is pear-shaped has a shape like a pear.
...her pear-shaped diamond earrings.
2 adj If someone, especially a woman, is pear-shaped, they are wider around their hips than around the top half of their body.
3 If a situation goes pear-shaped, bad things start happening.
go pear-shaped phrase V inflects
He feared his career had gone a bit pear-shaped.
prickly pear ( prickly pears plural ) A prickly pear is a kind of cactus that has round fruit with prickles on. The fruit, which you can eat, is also called a prickly pear. n-count
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