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a poor shearer. Recorded since the 1880s, it appears to have been first used to refer to shearers who were learning the trade and sheared less than 50 sheep a day. Eventually came to mean a poor or slow shearer who wasn't a beginner, or a man who was once a good shearer, but is now old and content to jog along with 100 or so sheep a day. In the song Click Go the Shears the snagger beats the ringer (the fastest shearer in the shed) by one stroke: `The ringer looks around and is beaten by a blow / And he curses the old snagger with the bare-bellied yoe'.