The runner scissored over the hurdles.
Origin of scissor
- From alteration (influenced by Latin scissor cutter) of Middle English sisours scissors from Old French cisoires from Vulgar Latin cīsōria from Late Latin pl. of cīsōrium cutting instrument from Latin caesus, -cīsus past participle of caedere to cut kaə-id- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Altered from scissors; ultimately from Latin caedere (“to cut"); current spelling influenced by Latin scindere (“to split").