'shearing wind'

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What is "shearing wind" in this context?

"A child born in Saudi Arabia enters a harsh and divided society. For millennia, Saudis struggled to survive in a vast desert under searing sun and shearing winds that quickly devour a man’s energy, as he searches for a wadi of shade trees and water, which are few and far between, living on only a few dates and camel’s milk."

On Saudi Arabia, Karen House
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